And then it dawned on me.
I could take some ibuprophen.
This had not occurred to me in the last 8 hours of suffering through this headache.
Within 45 minutes my headache was gone, and I was reminded of this equation that I love to forget. Pain, multiplied by the resistance to that pain, equals suffering. I found myself both smiling and rolling my eyes at myself. Had I addressed the pain immediately, instead of trying to a) fight it or b) ignore it, my day could have gone much differently. Instead, I spent the day resisting my pain and getting stuck in my suffering. The moment I accepted the reality of my headache was the moment I was able to do something about it.
Does this sound familiar to you? If so, I’d love to hear about it! How do you get stuck in your suffering?