Word of the week - PAIN
When we think of pain, our minds often gravitate towards physical pain. It’s easy to see the negative effects of a throbbing headache or a broken arm. But what about emotional pain? The pain we carry inside of us when life throws us curveballs we didn’t see coming? It’s not as easily recognisable as physical pain, but the effects can be just as damaging.
Many of us have experienced some kind of emotional pain at one point or another in our lives. Maybe we’ve lost a loved one, or we’ve gone through a traumatic event that left us feeling helpless and lost. Whatever the reason, we carry that pain with us, sometimes for years. And while it’s important to acknowledge and feel that pain, it’s equally important to find a way to turn it into something positive.
So how do we do that? How do we turn something that feels so negative into something that brings us purpose? The answer is simple: by using our pain to help others.
When we’ve been through something difficult, we’ve gained a level of empathy and understanding that others may not have. We know what it feels like to hurt, to feel lost and alone. And because of that, we’re able to connect with others who are going through similar situations. We can use our pain to help others heal.
Maybe that means volunteering at a local organisation that supports people going through a similar situation. Maybe it means sharing our story with others, so they know they’re not alone. Whatever it looks like for us, using our pain to help others gives us a sense of purpose that can’t be found anywhere else.
The next time you find yourself carrying around emotional pain, remember hurt often holds the hidden key to our greatest healing try to see it as an opportunity to help others. It’s not always easy, but it can be incredibly rewarding. Use your pain to bring purpose into your life, and in doing so, we heal and help others heal too.
Author : Debbie Huxton
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