“All negativity is caused by an accumulation of psychological time and denial of the present. Unease, tension, anxiety, stress, worry-all forms of fear are caused by too much future and not enough presence. Guilt resentment, regret, anger, sadness, bitterness, and all forms of non-forgiveness are caused by too much past and not enough present.”
I never truly knew how much I would learn from being someone’s parent. My now, five year old daughter does not realize how much she teaches me. I always thought that I would be the one teacher in our mother/daughter relationship. However, I am not sure I have ever had a better teacher than my little girl, Kayci. She teaches me how to be a kid again and enjoy the simple things in life. She helps me to see things that I have seen for thirty five years and yet took for granted. More than anything, she has taught me to live in the moment; something I have struggled with my entire life. Kayci turned five a few months ago and lives in the present moment for the most part. I noticed recently that she started talking about the future and the past a lot more frequently than she had in the past. I do not want her to lose that sense of living in the moment and I want to live in the moment more than I do. I worry about the future and cry about the past much more than any person should. Worrying and despair increase my chronic pain and make it more difficult for me to manage it well.
I asked my daughter to help me remember to live in the moment. We made up a game where if one of us started talking about the next day or the next week we would remind the other person to stop and come back to the present moment. Kayci who is wise beyond her years said to me: “Mommy, if we talk about tomorrow we will forget today.” Having someone, even if that someone is only five years of age remind me that I should not think about tomorrow is very helpful in my quest to live in the present moment and work on my never ending game of worrying. If you have someone you love in your life and you spend a lot of time with (even if they are toddlers) ask them to play this game with you. It is not only helping me but training my daughter’s brain at an early age to live in the moment; a lesson I wish I had learned as a child.
Living with chronic pain is hard enough then add on anxiety/worrying and you have a whole heap of new problems. I have chronic pain and anxiety and there are times that I am not sure what is worse. In all honesty, although I manage pain well chronic pain is the most difficult thing I have ever been faced with. Anyone who has this invisible illness can attest to how difficult this disease is. As far as I have come in my journey with chronic pain, I still struggle at times. At the age of thirty five I struggle with anxiety and worrying about the future a lot. My life is far from perfect and there are many things I want to change but change takes time. There are many dreams I want to come to fruition but again those take time. I try very hard to focus on my biggest blessing and that is clearly my daughter, Kayci. Although I get frustrated with her at times, like all mothers do, I make sure she knows how loved she is and how special she is to me. She has become my greater teacher.