We talk plenty around here about change, pain, and loss. They are a given in many activities, including owning a business, living, and having a human body.
Navigating pain, however, is easier when we’ve got some perspective about where we are. If we can understand more about the terrain, it’s clearer when we should be concerned versus when we should try to carry on.
Is this pain just “part of it”?
When a toddler is achy and crying during a growth spurt, parents have a chance to reflect that the screaming is just—to an extent—part of it. The kid doesn’t grow without some stretching and aching.
Is it “to-be-expected” pain?
Bending down to lace up new running shoes isn’t too bad. That first mile? Ouch. Some people feel the burn in their muscles and immediately interpret the signal as, “I guess I’m just not a runner.”
This is not a useful interpretation, given that the exercise is new terrain. Take some time to navigate it, and recalibrate: which pain and how much pain is to be expected for a new runner?
Is it acceptable?
This question is a little trickier. Only you know what you can stand or what you can choose to stand. We suspect you can handle quite a lot, but “tolerable” is relative.
Mean-spirited or toxic pain inflicted on our fellow humans? Not acceptable.
A growing pain? The pain of a shock? Maybe we’ve got a chance to understand it better—and respond rather than react.
Clients, we don’t know it all, but we’re happy to provide perspective where we can and try to understand where you are. Call or write.