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A Dictionary of New Epigrams


Pain is usually the result of doing something you shouldn’t.

Pain can be our friend, because it gives us feedback on behaviors we should avoid.

Pay attention to the pain that comes to you, and the precursors to its arrival.

Observe the cause of your pain, and respond to the cause as well as the pain.

Most people live with pain because they refuse to respond to its cause.

The most pleasant cure for pain is in observing the pain and correcting its cause.

The lesson that pain teaches us, is “Don’t do that”.

You can choose to listen to your forethought and obey it, or you can choose to experience the risk of injury and pain from your foolish actions.

You can learn to cover over your painful memories and bad habits by observing their precursors, and when they occur, verbally retell the most positive aspects of the story and choose to ignore the bad parts, and then do some easy physically positive action. Do this several times as an exercise, and repeat once a week until the new habit comes to your attention automatically.

Your ability to perceive pain was built into your body by billions of years of your ancestors surviving to bear children. You are here because they learned the things they shouldn’t do, and then they didn’t do them. Do what is proven to work.

Pain always guides you away from injury, and pleasure usually guides you towards health.

The stoic feels pain like other people, but he chooses to not wallow in the suffering.

We humans have the ability to learn that some quick pleasures bring lasting pains.

Pain demands immediate action but usually distracts us from thoughtful preparations.

A new idea may be dangerous, and being unknown may threaten pain, so we must challenge it, and yet, every good thing was at one time a new idea. Think.

Sometimes to cure a pain requires an immediate painful action.

The pain of days gone by creates the most memorable stories.

Those who have suffered most have the most interesting stories to tell, so we naturally pay attention to their exciting experiences. But those who live tranquil, contented lives have only mild experiences. Their stories are of their environment responding to their actions in predictable ways, where the results are pleasant. To people raised in the thrill of pain the tranquil person’s life and stories are boring.

I have often joked about how many people find my conversation boring, and then I tell them of my postulated ad in the Bend Bulletin, it reads like this, “Is your life meaningless, are you constipated? Come talk to me for a few minutes and you will soon discover you have something important to do, and you have a sudden need to go to the toilet.” Perhaps it is because I tend to talk about solutions rather than problems, and the resulting tranquility. I am frequently being shut down in conversations because I am boring and off the topic. Lately, I have been couching my conversation in stories, and yesterday at my first encounter with a local writing group, when my turn came I read my cute little blog post story, “Confirmation bias and be careful what you wish for.” The writers listened attentively enough, but the comments were that it was just a children’s story with difficult words. Perhaps they would have liked the story better if I could show them an injury on my foot where he bit me.

Avoid pain by doing the right things at the right times.