by Naomi on May 17, 2011

in Inspiration

spinal scar from motorbike racing injury


of our own

frees us
from the bonds
of our minds

or emotional,
it’s inseparably

in Pain’s waves
we can’t escape

And truth
is the path
to freedom from

©Naomi Estment

Quotes to consider:

“Pain is weakness leaving the body.” – US Marines, as quoted (frequently :-D) by Dave, who has broken over 60 bones in his 54 years, mostly due to motorbike racing

“Wisdom is nothing more than healed pain.” – Robert Gary Lee

“We must embrace pain and burn it as fuel for our journey.” – Kenji Miyazawa

“Your pain is the breaking of the shell that encloses your understanding.” – Kahlil Gibran, ‘The Prophet

“Pain is inevitable. Suffering is optional.” – Unknown

“The pain passes, but the beauty remains.” – Pierre-Auguste Renoir

On a personal note, it’s almost two weeks since Dave’s double spinal fusion and he’s recovering really well. After a challenging weekend with intense pain down his right leg and into his foot (the one that was going numb before the operation), he had a localized cortisone injection yesterday. It’s brought huge relief and the sparkle back to his eyes.

{ 22 comments… read them below or add one }

Cindy May 17, 2011 at 11:17 am



Naomi May 17, 2011 at 12:37 pm



Lance May 17, 2011 at 2:21 pm

Ouch! Although – I’m sure the relief is worth it.

And – 60 broken bones – wow!!!!!


Naomi May 19, 2011 at 5:05 pm

It is a bit extreme, Lance, I must agree 😀 I’m grateful for modern medicine, that’s for sure!


Pat May 17, 2011 at 4:54 pm

Thanks for sharing this helps when I’m hurting.
😀 😀


Naomi May 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Thank you for stopping by and leaving a lovely comment, Pat – much appreciated 🙂


nrhatch May 17, 2011 at 6:22 pm

Glad that Dave’s recovering well and that the cortisone shot gave him some much needed relief and returned the sparkle to his eyes.


Naomi May 18, 2011 at 6:30 pm

Thanks for your kind words, Nancy, which I’ll also pass on to Dave 🙂


Booksphotographsandartwork May 17, 2011 at 8:13 pm

Oh geez!!!!!!!!! Now I am in pain! honestly I can’t believe they use staples. They look far worse than stitches. Oh my goodness I hope everything heals beautifully. Hugs to you both.


Naomi May 19, 2011 at 5:01 pm

Thanks a ton, Linda…and sorry for the gory pic! The staples are pretty hard-core, with their own staple remover – I’ve never seen them before either. Big hug back to you 🙂


Paula Tohline Calhoun May 17, 2011 at 10:38 pm

Pain is a very necessary part of life, and probably the least welcome! But if we did not have that messenger we might never know we were falling apart somewhere! 😀

Having existed in a detente with pain for the past many years I learned something from one of my doctors (actually, this one was an idiot, but these words he quoted have stayed with me): “Do not ever bow down and worship at the great volcano god of pain.”

Pain is “worshipped” in a number of ways – by kow-towing to it, giving offerings, giving it “top billing” in our lives, etc. Sounds like Dave is doing a great job of divorcing himself from any relationship with that false god! Congrats! I do hope that the surgery is a resolution to his sciatic difficulties! I want to see some more of his photographs soon! 😀

All the best, and of course,
I wish you both enough. . .


Naomi May 18, 2011 at 6:35 pm

Thanks for your fabulous comment and a great big smile, Paula 😀 Your words are most wise and I sincerely wish you some respite from pain too – along with ‘enough’ as well, xo


Amy @ Soul Dipper May 18, 2011 at 2:05 am

Hugs to both of you, Naomi. Less is more today – pain and words.


Naomi May 18, 2011 at 6:36 pm

Succinctly said – thank you, Amy, along with a group hug from us both 🙂 xo


viewfromtheside May 18, 2011 at 5:11 pm

good luck to Dave and may his recovery be speedy and a great resuklt from the op


Naomi May 18, 2011 at 6:38 pm

Thanks so much, Sidey, from us both!


kateshrewsday May 18, 2011 at 10:23 pm

Glad Dave’s doing better. All the best to you both 🙂


Naomi May 19, 2011 at 5:03 pm

Thank you, Kate! It was such a delight to see your enchanting view from your bedroom today. Love it 🙂


Artswebshow May 21, 2011 at 9:49 am

Ouch, i just dont understand stuff like that


Naomi May 22, 2011 at 8:28 am

It is pretty weird, especially the post-op x-rays of the “Meccano set” as Dave calls it!


Blossom Dreams May 22, 2011 at 10:27 am

Hope Dave is continuing to recover well…and, hey, is he going for a world record with how many bones he has broken?? 😉

Ask him if the pain outweighs the pleasure he gets when carrying out his daredevil pursuits – lol 😀 (I think I know the answer).

Chloe xx


Naomi May 23, 2011 at 4:54 pm

You’re correct about that answer, Chloe: Dave can’t wait to get back on his motorbike 😀

Thank you for your kind thoughts – and I keep telling him it’s not an enviable record, but he is who he is 😉


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