Chronic pain is a bad thing. definitely.
But even within a life of chronic pain, there ARE good things. Immense good things. Breathtaking good things. Unimaginable beauty. Heartwarming moments and Soul-strengthening experiences.
Today, the kids ride on hand me down scooters that were enjoyed years ago by 5 children in one of our favorite families. Those kids are adults now, and tomorrow I get to hug one of them who is expecting her first child in a few short months. She will be coming by with her dear husband to pull crib and swing and other baby equipment out of our attic. Since she was our first child’s first babysitter, it is special now to be giving our baby things to her baby.
Touched and awed by the beautiful circle of life, I sit here listening to the ducks, the fountain, and the chorus of scooter wheels on the pavement, the rhythm of the sidewalk cracks.
The air is cool and crisp, and the humidity is as low as it gets here, so it is an easier day for sinuses and joints. A cup of turmeric and ginger tea warms and comforts, and the warm sun soaks into my muscles. I can just feel the vitamin D increasing and the cortisol decreasing!
And my son brings me a special leaf that he found and carried all the way from the other side of the pond.
Pain is bad.
Life is Good.