~Kenji MiyazawaPain is the great teacher of mankind.

The young girl who had always wanted to have a nose job was very fixated and determined. Her excitement throughout the process was real and palpable. I could understand how desperate she was to see herself differently and that because her dissatisfaction was so specific, it felt contained and her desire reasonable; she was convinced, on side and empathic. Until a month later when she had been living in her new nose and was continuing to feel good about this new change that she revealed what I always worries about after her clients have elective surgery: “I like my nose so much that now I think I will do my boobs - I don’t mind them really but they could be a bit more round”. Oh no, there it was,,, the moment of truth! Do these changes address underlying dissatisfaction? If after one area is “fixed” is it only replaced by yet another target for dissatisfaction? This situation mirrors what the research shows. Many of these young people were suffering from some form of Body Dysmorphia.

And again and again we bear more, — that is the god of us.

~Author UnknownLife may take everything out of my days, but the real things remain.

Use the pain as fuel, as a reminder of your strength.

“Exercise keeps the muscles strong around a joint so that the mechanics works,” explains Patience White, M.D., M.A., vice president of public health at the Arthritis Foundation. “In the lower extremities, the knee is usually the first joint to experience pain for the 27 million people who suffer from osteoarthritis. If a person loses about 10 pounds and keeps exercising, they can cut the pain in their knees by about 50 percent and can even postpone a joint replacement.”

SeussThe misfortunes of mankind are of varied plumage.

It used to be that doctors would recommend that their arthritis patients take it easy and not exercise. Well, those days are over. In reality, exercise is crucial for those with arthritis. , “physical activity can reduce [joint] pain and improve function, mobility, mood, and quality of life for most adults with many types of arthritis including osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and lupus.” It can be one of the best ways of managing the disease. The he Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Arthritis Foundation, and the American College of Rheumatology all recommend physical activity as a way of managing almost all forms of arthritis.

~George Herbert, "Jacula Prudentum"A bad grade is only one letter in the Essay of life.

It is not so with the diversity fundamentalists


When in sickness, age, or sorrow,
Through great shadows we must move,
Of all earthly lights the dearest
Shines from hearts of those we love.
~James Lendall Basford (1845–1915), , 1882

Don't cry when the sun is gone, because the tears won't let you see the stars.

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~Hugh Miller,

Hast thou not seen, impatient Boy?
Hast thou not read the solemn Truth,
That grey Experience writes for giddy Youth
On every Mortal Joy?
The Rills of Pleasure never run sincere;
(Earth has no unpolluted Spring)
From the curs'd Soil some dang'rous Taint they bear;
So Roses grow on Thorns, and Honey wears a Sting.
~Isaac Watts (1674–1748), "Earth and Heaven,"

But ne'er the rose without the thorn.

~HoraceThe keenest sorrow is to recognize ourselves as the sole cause of all our adversities.

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The Universal Declaration of Human Rights starts from the right to life. It elaborates this right as a right to medical care, as stated in article 25:

~SophoclesHalf the annoyances of life will disappear if one is only patient under them.

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Thorns and stings
And those such things
Just make stronger
Our angel wings.
~Terri Guillemets, "Pierced flight," 2003

Adversity has the effect of eliciting talents which, in prosperous circumstances, would have lain dormant.

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A few hours mutilated, and eternity lies in the residuum.
She may mar the realities, but what of my dreams!
~Muriel Strode (1875–1964), "Songs of Longing: V," , 1923

Perhaps all the dragons of our lives are princesses who are only waiting to see us once beautiful and brave.