Shall emerge into the light.”
~ Helen Keller
When you live in Chronic Pain energy becomes one of your most precious commodities. Like any resource, when it is limited and you don’t have enough to go around it becomes something to invest great care and thought in, so that, when you do have it, you can spend it in an enjoyable way: visiting friends, working in your shop, creating art or gardening.
So how do we utilize and reclaim the supply of energy what we do have or “find” more?
Can you think of the things or situations that might cause you to feel threatened?
Well, yes, I think we’d all agree, a burglar breaking in while you’re at home counting sheep or that big bad wolf combing the neighborhood certainly qualify.
But when you live with Chronic Pain, a vital element of learning to manage your pain is found in broadening and clarifying that definition, really spending the time…
The Shawshank Redemption, a prison movie (long too, at a little over 2 hours), did poorly at the box-office, even after winning 7 Academy Awards, but went on to become one of the routinely top 5 best films of the Internet Movie Database (imdb) worldwide vote, always within the top 250, and a video/DVD all-time rental best-seller for years.
What is it about this film that has attracted so many?
And what does it have to do with Chronic Pain?
In a word: Hope. And if we’re up to two words:
Hope and Redemption
(well, yeah, obviously if you’re willing to take the movie promo-risk of putting it in the title)…