“Know your enemy and know yourself and you can fight a hundred battles without disaster.” -Sun Tzu, The Art of War
When you work on a car, do you do it with just your bare hands? When a soldier goes to war, does he just know how to fight off the top of his head?
The answer to both is absolutely not!
To work on a car, you need the proper tools and know how to do the job and do it effectively. As a soldier, you have to go through months of intense training in order to be fully prepared for facing the battlefield.
As chronic pain warriors, it is extremely important that you have the tools you need to fight the daily battles and achieve victory. Without them, you are vulnerable and can be easily defeated at every turn by the enemy.
Now, let me clarify that, when I say tool, I do not mean just something like a pill or treatment where you are not proactively involved in your healing. A tool is just like a wrench, something that is utilized in a particular situation that you yourself are actively engaging.
It is like General George Patton once stated,
“Wars may be fought with weapons, but they are won by men.”
The tool, on its own, can do nothing. Someone has to pick it up and use it correctly in order to fulfill its purpose.
One example of a tool, or weapon, you can use in your daily battles with not only chronic pain, but stress as well, is described by William James below,
“The greatest weapon against stress is our ability to choose one thought over another.”
How big is that!?
Now, do we need training to utilize this tool more efficiently?
Again, you are a soldier who has been thrown into a war without the proper training and tools to fight it. This must be your first priority!
As I have said, and continue to say, I am not telling you this is a walk in the park. By no means! What I am saying is that, if you are able to find a means of training your brain, and in turn your body, for combating chronic pain, you will take a significant step towards the light at the end of the tunnel, the finish line.
One final thought I leave you with, as you continue your battles against chronic pain, which comes from Napoleon Hill,
“Victory is always possible for the person who refuses to stop fighting.”
Stay strong, brothers and sisters in arms!