I have had, and continue to have, "sharp pains of self discovery." I do believe those are ultimately part of the healing process. I have also had the "dull pain of unconsciousness"--that's what led me into addiction recovery, and I am so grateful for that.
I have been doing a lot of garden weeding and tidying this week. I have filled our trash dumpster with the weed population that exploded while I was away. Even though my efforts get thrown away, caring for my little spot on earth, getting sweaty with my hands dirty is good for my soul. A friend reminded me to focus on what I can do rather than what I can't. There was a time when I could spend many hours at a time in the garden. Now I pace myself due to heat and physical limitations. Some jobs take longer, but they get done eventually.
Let us pace ourselves and enjoy life, rather than forcing it.