Pain Focuses Us on Ourselves, but Also on the Present Moment

Just had knee surgery for a torn meniscus. At the same time, a suspicious spot was discovered in my husband’s lung. And my youngest son, the father of four, discovered that his heart rate has become alarmingly low. Both of them are seeing specialists tomorrow. Yesterday, the pain in my knee finally stopped and I resumed my normal habit of worrying about the future, particularly about those I love. I knew that pain makes us self-centered, but I had never thought about how much it keeps us focused on the present moment. This may seem obvious and not particularly significant, but psychological pain does the same thing. It not only makes us self centered, but may be part of the reason that people get trapped in destructive patterns of behavior. They can’t focus on future consequences when overwhelmed by present pain.
I am not sure where this train of thought is going, but it helps me understand and be a little more patient with those who get trapped in repetitive patterns of poor choices.

Meanwhile, if you are into prayer, please include my husband Julian and my son, Tommy. Thanks so much.

About Eileen

Mother of five, grandmother of nine, great-grandmother of five. 1955 -1959 Rice University in Houston, TX. Taught primary grades; Was Associate Post Director of Religious Education at Ft. Campbell, KY; Consultant on the Myers/Briggs Type Indicator, Was married for 60 years to an Architect in Middle Tennessee.

Posted on August 30, 2015, in Answered Prayer, faith, fear, fear for the future, Healing, hope, Mental Health, Prayer, spirituality, Suffering, the future and tagged , , , , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 7 Comments.

  1. All the best to all of you. May you all be well sooner than you dare to dream


  2. So much wisdom in this post, Eileen. “They can’t focus on future consequences when overwhelmed by present pain.” That’s so on the button! Prayers for you and yours.


  3. Hey Eileen, now you’ve got my brain juices flowing 🙂
    Pain does cloud our vision preventing us from seeing possibilities in the future. I’ll remember this.


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