Friday, April 9, 2010

What is pain?

So Websters Dictionary describes pain as:

1.physical suffering or distress, as due to injury, illness, etc.
Yep.  I've got that. Feeling physical suffering or distress, as due to injury (I am assuming injury of the heart counts here?)

2.a distressing sensation in a particular part of the body: a back pain.
Yes but again, that would be pain of the heart.

3.mental or emotional suffering or torment: I am sorry my news causes you such pain.
Oh please. Let's not EVEN go HERE!


a.laborious or careful efforts; assiduous care: Great pains have been taken to repair the engine perfectly.
Ok. I have no idea what "great pains have been taken to repair the engine perfectly" feels like. Gotta be honest.

b.the suffering of childbirth.
HELL YES!!! THIS ONE I KNOW AND YES!!!! IT COMPARES!!!! (Honestly, I'd rather give birth)

5.Informal. an annoying or troublesome person or thing.
As in, "I seriously could cause physical damage to the "annoying person or thing"??
If that's the case, then YES, this one counts too!

–verb (used with object) cause physical pain to; hurt.
Redundant. See #5 cause (someone) mental or emotional pain; distress: Your sarcasm pained me.
Again, redundant...see #5

I'm sorry to be such a "Darcie downer" these days. Some shit stuff just doesn't go away very easily. You guys "rock" for hangin' with me. You totally deserve some kind of award.

We now return you to your regularly scheduled program....


Kathryn said...

You needn't apologize! Everyone goes thru these dark spots (not to minimize your pain at all).

Our culture tends to highly elevate "positive thinking" & come down on folks who don't put a positive spin on things. Sheesh!

Someone named Barbara Ehrenreich recently wrote a book entitled, Bright-sided: How the Relentless Promotion of Positive Thinking Has Undermined America

There has been some chatter on the blogs about this. She found that she was being pushed to be positive in her fight with cancer, & she resented it!

Reality has a place too, & that means pain HURTS. You are being real. You aren't pretending it away.

I'm sorry you are hurting. I understand the feeling that my every post is negative & i felt guilty over it. I didn't post for a while because of it. But the people who really care about you don't stop caring because you're having a difficult time. They hurt with you. I don't know what is happening, but i do wish i could "fix it."

I hope this didn't come across as scolding you. I just wanted you to know you need not apologize for struggling with hard/bad/dark/painful things.


Wife, mother...and now a grandma! said...

I am so sorry you are hurting!! I wish I could make it all go away!

I love you!

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Suvi said...

hello ma'am.. just happened to stumble upon your blog!.. "pain".. well yes it definite is a scratch on the heart!.. I love the way you write!