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Dan Dick recounts agonizing back pain, loss, and what it is teaching him about control, patience, and perspective.

Originally posted on United Methodeviations:

cracked egg 2Those who know me well know that my 2012 crawled to a close with a whimper and a moan.  An old back injury flared up with a bone spur off my spine that keeps me in a constant state of excruciating pain and chronic distress.  I have NEVER experienced pain like this — and I hope it is making me much more sympathetic and empathetic with those who live this way all the time.  I would wish this on no one, ever, for any reason.  The other major event was the death of my father on December 23.  Due to my back, I was unable to attend his memorial service and be with my family.  (Poor me…)

The significance of these last couple months is a threefold challenge to my personal worldview:  control, patience, and perspective.

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