When You Pay The Price For Having Fun

We can have amazing days despite our illness, but we still pay the price. Rhonda explains.

“By day the Lord directs His love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life.” (Psalm 42:8)

Payday. That phrase has two meaning.

One is good—payday, as in the day you receive payment for services rendered. You get money!

The other meaning, means that it’s time to pay-up. The day you have to pay has arrived. It is time to pay the price.

Today is “payday” for me. . . and no I’m not receiving money. Rather I’m “paying-up”–paying the price–for the activity I did the yesterday. I had to opportunity to attend a local, annual festival, a car show, and meet with some staff of a company which makes a great product. When I chose to do anything, I have to consider, “Is this activity worth the extra pain?”

Often, I’m asked, “If it increases the pain, why do it?” Well, I live with chronic pain—it is a constant. And over the years, I’ve learned that if I do nothing I still hurt. So, when I have the opportunity to do something fun and enjoyable, I do my best to enjoy it. And yes, all the while, I know that I’ll have to pay the price for it. So, I’m now “paying” for the activity. My headache and pain is severe.

So, was the activity really worth the increase in pain? Let’s see . . .

Pros of doing something fun:
1. Learned about new products to help me as I continue to work toward being healthier.
2. Met some nice people at both the festival and car show.
3. Met the staff from Sunshine Burger and enjoyed talking with them.
4. Spent time outside in the beautiful sunshine.

Cons of yesterday’s activities:
1. Increased pain.

Four to one. I’d say that the activity was worth the increased pain.

So, now that payday as arrived, what do I do? Again that comes down to choices. I can focus on the pain and how much I hurt, or I can enjoy the fun memories and continue to enjoy today.

How long will payday last? It varies. It can take a day for my pain level to return to “normal” or it can take a few weeks. One aspect of learning to live with chronic pain is realizing that the pain will get even worse from time to time. And making wise decisions in choosing what to do when.

Since today is a payday for me, I knew that I’d have to change my focus from my pain to something better. So, I have been listening to some great music this morning (Bryan Duncan, Damaris Carbaugh, The Ball Brothers, to name a few). And I listened to some Sermons on Ecclesiastes (Calvary Baptist Church).

“By day the Lord directs His love, at night his song is with me—a prayer to the God of my life.” (Psalm 42:8)

On payday the key for me is to keep my focus off the pain, and focus on the positive and uplifting! On some days, to pay the price is very difficult, but I’ve learned that when I change my focus—payday (having to owe), turns into a payday—receiving blessings from God!

Even on payday I can create a positive day. . . if I make the right choice in changing my focus!

Prayer: Lord, thank you for the day of fun! And when the paydays arrive, please help me to focus on You and the many blessings You send my way. Thank you for directing Your love to me! Amen.

About the Author:
Rhonda Sawtelle lives with chronic headaches and pain due to failed back surgery syndrome. Her philosophy is “Create a positive day!” She enjoys watching football, NASCAR, and golf, and creating digital scrapbooking, and reading. To read more about how Rhonda creates a positive day, even while living with pain, visit her blog: http://createapositiveday.blogspot.com.

When a payday arrives and you find you must pay the price for having done something fun, what do you do to keep your focus on the positive?

It can be hard to remember that we are only asked by God to take one day at a time. Listen to Jeremy Camp sing, “One Day at a Time.”