Can you help me ..open this, tie this, cut this, open the door, get my shirt on, wash my hair, drive me, get my pain pills?? The last few weeks have been a big lesson in humility and acceptance as I had surgery on my right hand and essentially became a left handed and clumsy woman. It hurt a lot more than I thought it would, and despite my vow to not use pain pills I soon realized this was not a good idea. It was harder to do almost everything except sit and whine. I really thought I was prepared to “deal” with the surgery and the aftermath, but obviously I was not. It’s 4 weeks out from surgery and I am writing again. I’m typing mostly with just one hand, but I did drive myself to my coffee shop office today. I’m muddling thru.
Two things come to mind for me: This too shall pass. and, Pride comes before the fall. I’ve always hated the expression: This too shall pass. because I thought it meant sooner or later, mostly later, this shit and pain will pass. I have no control over this and am at the mercy of the universe. Now I realize the saying is value neutral, everything good or bad will pass! With each breath I take the “now” changes as I inhale and exhale . It’s the nature of time, moving forward and being spent. Simply, the human condition is temporary. Pain will pass and joy will pass and all humans will pass. I will be able to use my hand soon so it won’t always be this way. Another reminder to me to watch how I use “always” and “never”, and not to use them to awfulize , because this too shall pass.
The other thought that comes to mind for me is “Pride comes before the fall.”, which suggests if a person is too arrogant, he or she will make a mistake or fail in a big way My arrogance, which says “I shouldn’t have to experience pain.”and “I will handle my surgery better than any person ever has.” has led to a big fall. Let’s just say I got knocked on my ass, and my surgery and recovery has not been a flawless perfect experience. To me, the worse combination of personality characteristics in all of humanity is stupidity and arrogance. To be stupid or arrogant is bad enough, but to be stupid and arrogant is close to a fatal flaw. To the best of my ability I will admit what I do not know, and remember that being “right” pales in comparison to being kind.
I will feel different tomorrow and it could be good or bad, but it will not be so for eternity. I will have pain and I will have joy, and I am just one member of human kind.
Pride should never stand in the way of facing the truth.