As I sit here listening to Monday night football from my bed where I have been all day, I wonder about the purpose of pain.

I have ignored my back tooth for almost 5 years because I thought the worst case scenario was in play. My understanding was that the tooth was doomed and would need to be pulled and implants put in place. Big money that I didn’t want to spend until it was absolutely necessary.

Recently my good friend Dr. Garner looked at the xrays and believed it could be restored. So 3 weeks ago he took out the decay, filled the tooth and said lets see how we do. One week later the pain returned and he decided to go ahead and do the root canal. The root canal couldn’t be finished because of the infection in on of the roots so he sent me home with some medication to clam the infection before finishing.

I felt great for a week and today the pain is back so severely that I’m almost wishing i could die. It’s amazing how debilitating pain can be. I know one of the purposes of pain is to let you know something is wrong. Without it we wouldn’t address problems until it’s too late.

Is there any other purpose for pain? Love to hear what you think.

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Gary Trobee is a certified coach and a seasoned leader with over 20 years’ experience mentoring, coaching, and encouraging leaders and their teams.

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