Pain can manifest itself in many forms. The most common in my opinion is physical since it’s the one that is most hindering in our daily activities. Many of use can mask the emotional and psychological well enough to carry on with our lives without notice from friends and family. However, it’s the physical pain that others can see and that we can always feel. What’s worse is that the physical pain leaves physical scars; an ever-present reminder of the past. However, without pain (in all of it’s forms) we would not have a basis of comparison for the beauty in life. Those of us that have experienced pain can not only relate to others that have experienced the same, but can also see beauty in everyday things that others would miss. We are also more thankful for life. It isn’t until you are near death that you can really appreciate the coming days, even the bad ones. You know what gets me out of bed in the morning? The pervasive thought that I can find the beauty in the day. That no matter how the day goes I can take one moment to see the positive. To have one instance in which I can make the life of someone else a little better. See, those of us with pain can appreciate that sort of kindness. Sometimes we wish that others will give us the figurative time of day. Why not dispose of this same kindness onto other people? That is one of my goals in this life and hopefully one of yours as well. To quote my favorite author Emily Dickinson:
If I can stop one heart from breaking,
I shall not live in vain:
If I can ease one life the aching,
Or cool one pain,
Or help one fainting robin
Unto his nest again,
I shall not live in vain.
I hope that you will join me on this journey to find the beauty and usefulness that all of us possess in life. I make it my goal to share the experiences of myself and others throughout these writings. If you have a story to share, please send it to me so that we can together share it with the world. Let us grow in one another and set the example that the world needs right now.