Pain is indeed just that, a pain. I often have horrible pain in my neck in shoulders that causes headaches so intense it's actually nauseating. In a way the pain is my own fault, I know by now that it is often caused by stress, but sometimes I'm not entirely aware that I'm stressed until the pain comes. That coupled with the degenerated discs in my neck can be an ugly combo. At least I haven't had the associated jaw pain in a couple years, and I give thanks for that regularly because a headache combined with a toothache type pain the length of your jaw can be really debilitating.
The positive side of this is... when the pain subsides life looks even more beautiful than before the pain began. You are reminded how nice it is to be pain free. I am reminded that I am lucky pain is not a constant for me as it is for so many people. I am reminded that as long as I can still feel pain, that I can still feel. I am reminded that as long as I can feel pain I am still living on the right side of the grass.
Enough complaining, my pain may have kept me from creating today, but surely not tomorrow too :). Tomorrow I move FORWARD again. What's the positive in your life today?