Have you ever been so sick that you were willing to go through whatever the doctor told you to do? Maybe it is bad knees so you have to have knee replacement surgery. Maybe it is stomach problems so you have to go on a strong medication to fight off whatever the problem is. For me I have fought endometriosis since I was a teenager and have had surgery a couple of times. It had gotten to the point where I was in pain over twenty days of the month that caused me to have to take pain medication on some of the days. I was to the point that I was willing to do whatever the doctor said I needed to do.
So, I go to the doctor and when he gives me the options I decide to go with the "simplest" way to start with the pain. I take medication to curve the pain. It has worked. I haven't had severe pains since a couple of weeks on the medication, but what I didn't think about is the other side effects that could come. The headaches, extremely tired, lack of motivation, some depression and pulling away from things. As I read about the medication and side effects I find several people who have posted the same things and are swearing off the medication. I start thinking that I am going to do the same. Then I start to think about which is worse. What am I willing to go through to get rid of the severity of the pain that I had gone through for years? Am I willing to put up with some of the side effects?
As I have thought about my situation I have thought about a friend of mine that would commonly talk about the pain she suffered in her knees. She had decided that she was going to have a knee replacement done because everyone she talked to said it was worth it. It has been a couple of weeks and as I have read her Facebook posts she has had to do therapy, can't walk up and down stairs, can't get around, is in a lot of pain and is now missing the freedom that she did have before this. Was it really freedom? She was suffering a lot of pain to the point it held her back from doing things. Now she is in a different kind of pain and it might feel like it is out of reach to feel better, but she is actually on a better road to recovery.
So, where are you at in life? It might not be a physical pain, but an emotional pain. Maybe it is a struggle with what to do and you might be thinking the grass is greener on the other side. It can be, but it is important to recognize that there are growing pains on both sides of the fence. Just because you decide to take the leap and hope for better there might be pains to get to the better life. It will come, but patience is what is necessary. It is important to not blame people or your decision, but go into it with high hopes of things getting better.
Just think about this quote, "Every thought is a seed. If you plant crab apples, don't count on harvesting Golden Delicious." Bill Meyer
What seeds are you planting as you go through your challenges whether it is health, emotional, financial, relationships, etc? The mind can win.
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