If ever I forget
Take a left, take a right, life is full of choices, every moment of every day.
Chronic pain is not a choice anyone would make but, as life is known to do now and again, some choices are made for us, without any consent required or heeded .
Theses are our fate.
Failure and success seem to have been allotted to men by their stars. But they retain the power of wriggling, of fighting with their star or against it, and in the whole universe the only really interesting movement is the wriggle.” ~ E.M.Forester
“Illness is the most heeded of doctors:
to goodness and wisdom we only make promises;
pain we obey. “
“When sinks my heart in hopeless gloom, and life can show no joy for me, and I behold a yawning tomb, where bowers and palaces should be; in vain you talk of morbid dreams; in vain you gaily smiling say, that what to me so dreary seems.”
The healthy mind deems bright and gay.
I too have smiled, and thought like you, but madly smiled, and falsely deemed: TRUTH led me to the present view-
There is nothing like speaking to another who lives with chronic pain. There is an immediate sense of understanding and shared experience that you cannot find with others, no matter how empathic and compassionate they may be.
I always feel better, certainly in respect to a sense of community, as opposed to the more frequent sense of singularity and in many other ways, after speaking with someone who shares the chronic pain journey.
It is especially revelatory when one comes across individual’s who are finding a positive path to manage their pain.
The following is a poignant writing on living and traveling when faced with great challenge, a common experience by Dr. Paul Fleishman, a writer and psychiatrist. He has written The Healing Spirit and Cultivating Inner Peace. He won the Oskar Pfister Award by the American Psychiatric Association for his “important contributions to the humanistic and spiritual side of psychiatric issues”.