Comfortable Compromises and Pain Medallions

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I was hanging out with a friend of mine the other day and we were talking about how we convince ourselves that the choices we make are right for us, even though a gut feeling tells us otherwise. She called it Comfortable Compromises. This makes perfect sense.

I was inspired to re-think a lot of things and instead of complaining, I felt I should in fact take my problems and stresses head on. While life puts us to the test all the time, sometimes we need to test our own patience. It will get worse but eventually get better.

Another friend taught me: "Imagine you're crossing a desert and to get to your destination you must go through this long perilous path filled with obstacles, each more agonizing than the last. What happens when we reach our breaking point? Some people break and collapse, run, give up, perish. Some stretch their breaking point and continue on their path."

It is not even easy to make "Comfortable Compromises," so testing our patience will be a hundred times harder. There are no hard and fast rules. Leave it the circumstances and follow your gut feeling.

We have our own ways of coping and dealing with pain. My 9-year-old daughter has had back pain for a few months now and still has it. Nothing has helped so far; visits to the doctors, calcium supplementation, massage, exercise, posture training, afternoon naps... we've tried everything. She is very active and athletic and tries to devise her own ways of dealing with her pain.

As I returned from seeing my friend, she had gone to sleep and when I opened the refrigerator I saw something in the freezer. I wasn't surprised because my kids are always into creative crafts and I find all sorts of "inventions" in the refrigerator besides the usual popsicles of unusual flavors and dishes with new combinations of flavors and skin concoctions and what not.

I was just curious and asked my mom about the new contraption I found in the freezer. She told me Sandy used candle wax and a piece of embroidery thread and made what she names a "Pain Medallion."

It was a disc made of candle wax with two parallel threads going through it and looked like a wrist watch.

In the morning I asked Sandy how this "Pain Medallion" worked and she told me the concept behind it is you put it on where it hurts and the threads are to fasten it so you can go about your activities while it relieves your pain. You can put it in hot water or in the freezer and use it as a hot or cold pack depending on the weather!

Amazing! She never even saw a hot-cold pack before and this was simply her instinct, imagination and scientific mind at work.

I felt the deeper meaning behind this contraption is not just pain relief. She calls it a medallion because she's dealing with her pain and this is like some kind of reward for her suffering and patience.

What are your Comfortable Compromises and Pain Medallions?

No coincidence I stumbled upon these two concepts in one evening at a time when I have been going through a lot of Pain as a result of too many Comfortable Compromises!

I was amazed and grateful for the people who love me who gave me these clues, through their own suffering, and got me thinking all day and all night about how to break out of this vicious circle, stop making Comfortable Compromises and rewarding myself for Stretching my Breaking Point with Pain Medallions...

And Moving On!

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