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It Won’t Always Hurt This Much

Echoing in my mind when I woke up this morning was, “It won’t always feel so bad.” 

Since the last thing I asked before I fell asleep last night was, “What should I share with my friends tomorrow?” I immediately knew my message is for you. 

What hurts you today? Maybe it’s a physical health issue for you or a loved one. Maybe you’re struggling with chronic anxiety, fear, worry. Or maybe you’re grieving the death of a beloved companion, a broken heart, unfulfilled dreams.

I don’t know what you’re struggling with – or how bad your fall was – but I do know it won’t always hurt this much.

You’ve survived worse, haven’t you? 

Getting through the pain

Pain—whether physical, emotional, spiritual or social—is a sign that something needs attention. This is good, believe it or not! If you didn’t feel pain while touching a hot stove or losing something you love, you wouldn’t be able to help yourself. 

Let the pain roar. Don’t suppress or avoid it. It feels scary and even life-threatening to just feel hurt, but it’s how healing happens. 

Ignoring or denying pain makes it last longer and hurt more. It’s even worse if you use food, alcohol, shopping, sex, gambling or even acts of service to avoid feeling bad. Hiding doesn’t just backfire, it creates more problems for you and others. 

Remember…

You not only survived bad falls before, you may even be grateful for those experiences. Maybe they taught you compassion, acceptance, forgiveness or even joy. Maybe they changed your life in positive ways.

It won’t always hurt this much. Eventually the waves of pain will come less and less often, and they’ll be less and less intense. 

You won’t be the same when you get to the other side. And that, my friend, may not be such a bad thing.

You’re in my thoughts and prayers.

With love,

Laurie


On the lighter side

While volunteering at the Scottsdale Arabian Horse Show last week, I filmed Love Horses? A Traditional Bedouin Arabian Horse & Rider Costume Competition.


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