Tuesday, April 19, 2011


Dear Diary,

Today’s entry is brought to you by the letter ‘P’. Pain starts with ‘P’ and it’s something I’m unfortunately familiar with. If I had my choice I would choose physical pain over emotional pain. Physical pain heals much faster than emotional pain. The most searing, blinding, agonizing pain I have ever felt was emotional. The emotional pain was so intense I physically felt it. Then the physical pain was gone, but the emotional pain still remained, the emotional pain remains to this day. I hope that it will fade with time, but I know it will always be there.

There are times when I wish there were a physical cause for the pain I feel, because there are ways to numb the physical. I realize that everyone has pain, pain doesn’t discriminate, it is something experienced by everyone and you can’t compare pain. There are people who have chronic physical pain and they may wish their pain was only emotional. For me emotional is worse, but maybe because I’ve never experienced the physical pain of others. All I know is as much as the pain I have experienced hurts; I wouldn’t trade it for another person's pain. I think maybe we are given the pain and hurt that will help us become better people. Besides, you never know what pain someone is hiding.

Until next time,


  1. Ouch. I'm very familiar with pain in my life. It's what reminds us we're alive.

  2. So very true! I'm stopping by from the A to Z challenge and I look forward to visiting again.

  3. I wish none of us had to experience pain, physical or emotional. I am not a believer of pain or difficulties making a person better/stronger, or that a deity only gives us what we can handle. I think that is hogwash....

    When things get bad for me, I console myself in thinking about the Buddhist belief that nothing stays the same forever, good or bad. So enjoy the good when you have it. And when it is bad, know that this too shall pass.


  4. I know what you're saying. It hearkens back to the old "sticks and stones" fallacy. The hurts pass but the mental and emotional lingers and is relived. We have to power to decide how to handle our happiness, but we are often powerless to decide how best to forget our pain. And you are so right to not want to trade your pain for another's pain that you know nothing about. At least you know yours.

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  5. Emotional pain seems to be with us all in one form or another. Sometimes we are able to cope with it and other times it becomes overwhelming. But somehow we keep going.

    Ellie Garratt

  6. Kris - how does that song by the Goo Goo Dolls go? something like " and you bleed just to know your alive"

    Sylvia - Thanks for stopping by.

    Sig - My mom used to say that "this too shall pass" although it was generally when my siblings and I were acting terribly.

    Lee - Exactly their is something comforting in the familiar even if it's familiar pain.

    Ellie - That's just it, we've all got it and have to find a way to keep going.