Why black ducks? Well, let's just say:
As a psychologist and -- frankly -- a human being with chronic pain, I know how every day can be a struggle when the pain seems like it will never end.
It's so easy to fall into the trap of saying that your pain is killing you or that you're in constant pain 24/7. Chronic conditions are not just no fun, they want to rob us of joy and happiness, leaving only empty pain and suffering in their wake.
When we struggle with the emotional suffering that accompanies physical pain, it only makes things worse and the pain gets magnified. We isolate and self-medicate. Our world fills with the white ducks of suffering and hopelessness.
I want to help you. That's why I wrote my book of daily reflections and affirmations, Black Duck Moments Every Day. Each day offers us the gift of its presence, and we can greet it as an opportunity to empower ourselves with the skills of acceptance, compassion, flexibility, and gratitude. Applying these skills helps us change our perspective on our condition in subtle but profound ways: When we begin to notice the black ducks in our lives and savor our black duck moments, we discover that pain isn't interfering with the quality of our life nearly as much as it once did. We begin to engage in living again, and we do so with meaning and purpose despite pain.
Here's what I believe. You are not your pain. You are not your thoughts. You are not your feelings. You are you and that means you don't need to be fixed. You are whole despite having been shattered. You are a gift to the world that offers you gifts in return. Open your eyes to all that you are beyond your physical limitations, and you will find your black duck moments every day!
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