Friday, April 29, 2011

Pain kills

We think of ourselves as cerebral beings, with most of our experience taking place above the neck. But recently I was reminded of a simple truth: Physical pain, even mere chronic discomfort, can very quickly erode your will to live. In just a matter of days, you come to understand why people elect to forgo treatment that may save their lives.

Conversely, however, relief from pain can instantly renew your zest for life.

1 comment:

Barbara said...

Yes. And I'm not talking about canker sore pain. Real pain, especially when you're uncertain if it will ever end, can make you want to die. If/when it does end, it's amazing how quickly the joie de vivre returns.