“Pain can change you,
but that doesn’t mean
it has to be a bad change.
Take that pain and
turn it into wisdom.
“To diminish the suffering of pain,
We need to make a crucial distinction
Between pain of pain,
And the pain we create
By our thoughts about the pain.
Fear, anger, guilt, loneliness and helplessness
Are all mental and emotional responses
That can intensify pain.”
“Pain is not wrong.
reacting to pain as wrong initiates
the trance of unworthiness.
The moment we believe something is wrong,
our world shrinks and
we lose ourselves in the effort
to combat the pain.”
*painting by W. Holcombe. All rights reserved. Please do not use without permission.