Life can shrink so swiftly in the face of chronic pain and illness. While trying to manage and cope with all the challenges, perplexing symptoms, unpredictable limitations, and exhausting explanations, it can swallow up all else. Yet one of the finest tools for living well in spite of it is in finding ways to gently expand your life — find purpose despite the pain — no matter how slender or unattainable that may currently seem.
Without purpose, we are simply existing — not living — and a life in pain is difficult and limited enough. We need purpose, to still do what matters to us, from the smallest activity to the greatest goal. We need to live beyond the condition(s) that so readily try to define us, thwart and limit us, and escape psychologically too.