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February 19, 2012

Ease your pain; offer others help

Have you ever had a night when you were so tired, you couldn’t sleep? I have them just about every night. Lying there just doesn’t get the job done.

Anyone who knows me knows that I am in pain most all the time, but I still try to do whatever is needed to do. Lying there, not getting the needed sleep, is a useless waste of time. You can get up, go read a book, maybe watch a little television, or do what I do: Get a hot cup of coffee and go surf the Web.

You would be surprised at all the sites on the Web that have inspiring stories about people who feel worse than I do. They don’t let the pain take them down. They use their pain to help others who need that inspiration to keep going.

I go to a lot of sites about people who have had heart problems, and many others who are fighting their battle with cancer. Just about on all of those sites there is a message of hope and faith that keeps me going. It sort of sticks to you as a reader, letting you know that out there someone cares enough to tell their story about their battle with pain. It helps them to be able to know that they are being heard. They know that they are not alone at any time with their suffering, because they know that someone out there has asked God to help them.

In my lifetime, I have seen men and women with no legs or arms. They may have been born that way or they might have lost them because of illness or accident. They still get around, and they ask for no pity because they know that life goes on.

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