Having a husband that is a Marine has taught me many things. It has taught me how to communicate efficiently when distance separates us, how to find strength even in the darkest of times, and how to always have a backup plan when something happens. One of the greatest quotes I have learned from the Marine Corp is this: “Pain is a sign of weakness leaving the body!”
I truly believe this statement, especially after all I have been through. No matter what type of pain you may be in, such as physical, emotional, spiritual, mental, or psychological; it is then that you realize your strength and give more to push even harder. No one, except maybe others who are in pain, can understand what you deal with on a day to day basis. Your family and friends, no matter how close you are with them, cannot fathom the internal struggles you face every day to perform even the most simple task. Pain, no matter how well it may be treated, will never go away completely. It doesn’t matter how much we wish it away or even pray it away, there will always be a part of us that still feels the pain. It could still be a full blown pain or a scar left behind from the days, that all we have ever thought about, was getting rid of this horrible pain.
Many of us remember the days before the chronic pain started and what we used to be able to accomplish. With the onset of chronic pain, it started to work in our body physically but also psychologically and emotionally. We tend to find ourselves in a tunnel of complete darkness as we reminisce of abilities we used to possess. Unfortunately, we no longer have the ability to continue some, if not all, of our favorite activities. We also had goals and aspirations for our life and for what we wanted to accomplish. However, once the chronic pain set in our list because shorter or even worse, completely thrown away.
Through all this anguish and unbearable pain, we must look inside ourselves to find the strength to push through and find the light at the end of the tunnel. We must continue to transform our brains filled with the word “can’t” to I can and will to the best of my abilities. When you start transforming your mind, heart, and soul to push through, even the most difficult tasks, suddenly you will find what you can accomplish. This in turn starts to transform those negative thoughts into positive uplifting thoughts and because of that you will find your inner strength that you may have been missing.
I believe that even in our darkness times, if we reach down into ourselves, we will become stronger as we shed our weaknesses. Each person handles pain differently and our strength is based not on anything physical but on ourselves and what is in our hearts. Through the ages, people became stronger when they were at the most broken time in their lives.
I have always turned to The Bible when dealing with my pain and all by diagnosis. I have found so many verses that I would love to share with you, that has helped me get through even the toughest times.
Psalms 28:7 – The Lord is my strength and my shield, in whom my heart trusted and found help….
Isaiah 40:29 – He gives strength to the fainting; for the weak He makes vigor abound. (31) They that hope in the Lord will renew their strength, they will soar as with eagles’ wings; They will run and not grow weary, walk and not grow faint.
1 Corinthians 16:13 – Be on your guard, stand firm in the faith, be courageous, be strong.
2 Corinthians 12:10 – Therefore, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and constraints, for the sake of Christ; for when I am weak, then I am strong.
2 Timothy 4:17 – But the Lord stood by me and gave me strength…
Through everything I have been through, my faith has always been as constant as my positive attitude. Those two things will take you far in this world. I have seen it in some people that many doctors have set the odds against them. I have also lived it, for I know that even on my weakest days, I am still strong! As the pain builds up or becomes more intense, the weaknesses melt away, leaving me standing stronger than I was the day before!!!
Shuffle on my friends!!!!