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Pattern of Pain

“The signature of your journey is inscribed in your soul”.

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.

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About Mary Byrne Eigel

Before writing children’s books, Mary spent many years teaching in classrooms and creating art in her studio. She was born with bi-lateral hip dysplasia, a painful condition that causes normal activities, like walking, to be challenging. As a child, when Mary had to trek long distances, she often wished she had a wheelchair. For her, a wheelchair offered pain-free opportunities, not limitations. Mary grew up in Chicago, which is the lakefront inspiration for the town of Sail. She lives in Missouri with her husband and two dogs, Beaux and Trey.

2 responses »

  1. The pattern of my pain led me to blogging — and meeting a whole universe of people I never would have in my “real” not “virutal” life. A “beauty” of caring, funny, compassionate, passionate people.

  2. Mary Byrne Eigel

    And I am thankful for crossing your path in this journey. Blessings.

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