I had this as a journal entry from a few years back, so I am not sure where it comes from. It took me a lot of years to accept the fact that pain was a major player in my life. It angered me that I had to accept its presence and demands.
Viewing pain as a thread of my personal tapestry, I can see how my life has learned to weave in and around it and caused me to know and grow in new ways. I acknowledge the pattern that pain has woven in my life. And am thankful for some of the places it has forced me to travel, like pursuing my personal artwork.
I hope that for all of us who encounter chronic pain that we can see some beauty in the pain pattern of our journey.