Broken Bones and Emotional Pain

My son has been in a walking boot for about a month recovering from an injury.  This week he was struggling to transition to an ankle brace.
Walking was painful and awkward.
I wondered if he wasn’t ready.
I didn’t want him to cause further damage to his foot.

Yesterday the physical therapist went through exactly what he needs to do in order to have full function of his ankle and foot.
He told us, it’s normal for it to hurt.
He made it clear that we shouldn’t mistake pain for danger. 

His foot would not be damaged from the pain he was experiencing.  He needed to move through the pain in a productive way that would give him full working function again.

Sometimes we need to move through painful emotions in a productive way to live life to the fullest. 

We often avoid emotional pain because, well, it doesn’t feel good.

Sometimes we are afraid we just can’t handle the level of pain we will experience.  Fear keeps us from moving through discomfort.

Fear was designed to keep us safe, but in our everyday life, we rarely face real danger.  It feels like it when we are up against possible rejection, judgement, or fear of inadequacy.  But, we shouldn’t mistake these painful emotions for danger.    

It’s necessary to move through pain in a productive way.

Just like my son is stretching and strengthening his ankle, we will grow in strength and capacity as we move through and process the pain.

What emotional discomfort have you been hiding from?
Where have you been avoiding negative feelings?
What would be different if you weren’t so afraid to face them?

Have a great day, one thought at a time!