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Discomfort is OK, Pain is Not!

Thursday, 6 March, 2014 - 9:18 pm

Halfway through the dental surgery last week, there was a moment of pain. Responding to my 'ow', the doctor asked if it was pressure or pain. He explained that discomfort is ok, pain is not.

As the Novocain wore off and the healing process began there was some pain and some painkillers. Throughout, the doctor's words stuck in my mind: discomfort is ok, pain is not.

The Baal Shem Tov taught that "every single thing that a person sees or hears is an instruction to him in his conduct in the service of G‑d".

This is the message I took from this. When we serve G-d there are times that we are uncomfortable. For example; when we are out with friends and they tell us we’ve got to try a non-kosher food item. Unknowing to them, we are making the effort to eat only Kosher. Uncomfortable situation? Yes. Painful? no.

This is not to say that in spiritual growth there is never any pain. Yet, the general rule is that discomfort is ok, normal and part of the growing process.

Do you agree?

Rabbi Kushi Schusterman

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