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Humor and Chronic Pain

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“Open your eyes, for this world is only a dream.”

Rumi

I had quite the imagination when I was a child, still do but that imagination goes straight to fear way too often as an adult.  I used to wonder if my real life was while I slept and dreamt and my dreams were actually when I was awake.  I also used to think I could fly and jumped off of my families couch way too many times to count: turns out I can only fly once in a blue moon while I sleep.  I love the quote above: “Open your eyes, for this world is only a dream.”  I took this quote to mean that we take life too seriously at times and miss out on the true miracles and blessings that occur in our life every day.

My daughter and I were in CVS, our local drug store the other day buying random things I had coupons for.  As I was selecting the correct allergy medicine, Kayci whispered in my ear: “Mommy, what is that?  That poor man is missing a leg!”  There was a man in his fifties standing at the pharmacy telling jokes and making the pharmacists and customers roar with laughter.  He was really funny, to the point that I forgot my daughter’s question and truly did not notice that this man had a prostetic leg as his joy was radiating through the store.  I began laughing out loud as well and about eight people were all enthralled with this man’s amazing sense of humor.  He was truly one of the funniest people I have met in a long time.  I began talking to him and the elderly woman next to him and forgot that my daughter was still whispering her question: “Mommy, what is that???”  The man heard my daughter’s question and at first instinct I was embarrassed but luckily this man was so gracious and kind that he explained that he was blessed enough for science to make him a leg as he had lost one of his in an accident.  Another woman, who turned out to be a psychiatrist chimed in as well and explained to my little four year old how amazing this man was and how lucky he was to be so happy even without one of his legs.  Phew, took the pressure of explaining amputations to my toddler away from me for the time being.

As little as this moment was, it was the highlight of my day.  I was proud of my daughter’s empathy and intelligence.  I was thrilled to be surrounded by such kind people.  But, most of all I felt so blessed to have met this man whom I will probably never see again.  It was a teachable moment for both my daughter and I.  Some days I forget to count my blessings.  Some days I still do feel sorry for myself for having chronic pain, rarely but this was one of those days and I was so thankful that I had the privilege of meeting this man on one of my ‘difficult days.’  There are so many things we take for granted and we all have a story to tell whether it be visible or not.  I do not know this man’s story but I do know he was a blessing to my daughter, all the people who were talking with him that day in CVS, and myself.  As he left the store I said: “You are one of the funniest people I have ever met.”  He replied immediately before walking out the door: “I lost my leg, but I will never lose my sense of humor.”

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2 thoughts on “Humor and Chronic Pain

  1. britishbatgirl says:

    Humour is so essential a tool for not just surviving chronic pain yet also thriving with it,for certain! For me , honestly think being my own life coach, meditation, as well as taking self lightly including all my challenges from my health conditions yet from a survivor mindset helpe me to not let the anxiety take over as like you have a very vivid imagination. In fact did a test a while ago and it said was in the top 5 % for my imagination and they wanted me to take part in a study yet declined their invitation ;-)! Hubby said you did not need a test to tell you that- could have told you myself that you have an incredibly vivid mind! Imagine my favourite comedian- Michael McIntyre telling jokes in my head about my very own challenges plus accident prone self- hearing my own jokes in his voice plus his funny mannerisms makes me laugh! Sometimes have been in public and laughed out loud due to the McIntyre joker in my head- so have to contain it or others might get worried ;-)! Laughter is the best medicine concur!! The late great Christopher Reeve used his imagination to help him survive/thrive too including humour- his book Still Me helped me greatly early on on my chronic pain journey, too! Dolphin smiles from across the miles to You 🙂

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