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How Pain Parades Through Our Lives — Getting Creative with Dealing with It

Today’s toys are the greatest…our favorite little people get to enjoy terrific colors, sounds, feels, and plenty of opportunities to get creative as they learn and explore our world (and how they choose to interact with it.)

Playing is truly a multi-sensory experience for today’s child.

As is pain. For many adults…pain parades through our hours and days making its presence known and coloring our world with feelings and sounds we’d rather do without.

Pain is like an explosion of noise that comes at you from all different directions. The type that leaves you confused, makes you turn around somewhat startled, a little afraid, and wondering where the next “bang” is going to come from…

Pain is like a second-class parade that goes on and on… (but you keep hoping the end will soon be in sight.) Whatever form it takes, pain is a multi-sensory facet of life complete with lots of touchy-feel-e add-ons that create opportunities to get creative in alleviating (or at least reducing/handling) it so it doesn’t become the main attraction of life.

IT” being pain whether it is relational, physical, emotional, or spiritual…we just cannot afford to ignore it, or it will stomp all over our lives and take us in directions we don’t want to go. Instead of taking part as active participants leading the way, we can end up as passive spectators who watch their lives go by. Painful to contemplate.

Author David Jeremiah talks about another aspect of pain. Jeremiah discusses how difficult pain is to handle partially because of its inherent mystery. Pain is subjective and subject to each person’s unique outlook, perspective, worldview, lifestyle, upbringing, and slant toward evaluating and defining it accurately.

How would you define pain? Since 1968, the most widely used definition of pain in clinical settings is the one set forth by pain researcher Margo McCaffery: Pain is ‘whatever the experiencing person says it is, existing whenever and wherever the person says it does.’ In other words, no one can tell another person that they are not in pain. Pain is as unique as the individuals who profess to experience it.

Pain is not only difficult to handle (and live with) it is equally hard to understand.

One constant about pain, however, is that it marches all through our lives and the lives of people we love. As we decide to look at it differently (because it might be around to stay) we take an all important first step in the right direction toward minimizing its effect upon us.

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