Trained to dispense comfort. Sooth fears. Lessen pain. Ease anxiety. Provide hope. Give strength.
But that’s not always comfortable. For patient or nurse.
For the nurse it might mean to insist on discomfort.
For the patient it might mean:
- to breathe deep and cough when it feels like an incision will explode.
- to walk when it feels like one more step is impossible.
- to take medicine that causes the yucks.
- to accept a dreaded needle.
- to avoid comfort food and learn to eat healthy.
- to give up control and allow exposure.
However, an order might read, “comfort measures only.”
This usually means the patient is past the point of restored health and that death will occur before long.
Eat what you want. Do what you want. Refuse what you don’t want. Rest in comfort and peace. And then die.
I don’t want to die as a writer. I mean I don’t want to live as a dead writer.
I don’t want to live with comfort measures only.
So I may need to:
- self-inflict discomfort and allow others to do so, too.
- expose myself. Write naked. And let others read it.
- let go of some things I love–good things–to make room for the best.
- perhaps cause discomfort for others when I withdraw from some activities or say no to others.
- come to terms with the fact that that’s okay in order to respond to this God-given passion.
- walk when I’m discouraged.
- swallow the medicine of critique, even though it stings or tastes yucky.
- try new exercises that stretch me even if they’re painful.
- sometimes go back to the beginning and learn to walk again.
- be teachable.
It means I’m not dead or dying.
There’s comfort in that discomfort.
Note: Today I write as part of a blog chain of writers from christianwriters.com. Topic: The Discomfort Zone. Check out some of these other posts.
July 1: Power of the Pen by Ruth Rockafield
July 4: Front Notes by Nina Rose
July 6: Sowing the Seeds by Edward Lewis
July 7: Expression Express by Tracy Krauss
July 8: Kat’s Musings by Kat Connolly
July 9: 777 Peppermint Place by Linda Yezak
July 10: Heading Home by Lynn Mosher
July 11: Word Obsession by Nona King
July 14: The Book Lightwalker Files by Victor Travison
July 15: Wayslinger by Janalyn Voight
July 16: Clearing Skies by Sheila Hollinghead
July 17: The Collings Zone by Adam Collings
July 19: Word Wanderings by Liberty Speidel
July 20: Tracings by Traci Bonney
July 25: The Beulah Land Blog by Chris DePew
July 26: The Write Pursuit by Sandra Heska King
July 27: Creative Adventuring by Chris Solaas
July 28: Suzanne Hartmann
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