Sunday, November 21, 2010

some definitions

pain·ful  [peyn-fuhl] 

1. affected with, causing, or characterized by pain: a painful wound; a painful night; a painful memory.
2. laborious; exacting; difficult: a painful life.
3. Archaic . painstaking; careful.


in·tense  [in-tens] 

1. existing or occurring in a high or extreme degree: intense heat.
2. acute, strong, or vehement, as sensations, feelings, or emotions: intense anger.
3. of an extreme kind; very great, as in strength, keenness, severity, or the like: an intense gale.
4. having a characteristic quality in a high degree: The intense sunlight was blinding.
5. strenuous or earnest, as activity, exertion, diligence, or thought: an intense life.
6. exhibiting a high degree of some quality or action.
7. having or showing great strength, strong feeling, or tension, as a person, the face, or language.
8. susceptible to strong emotion; emotional: an intense person.
9. (of color) very deep: intense red.

We've all heard that "Pain is mandatory.  Suffering is optional."  Lately, I heard a new one.  A gal was telling me how she had been so worried that the pain would worsen to the point that she would just loose it; but she said that ended up not being the case at all for her.  She told me it didn't become more painful, just more intense.  There is a difference, and as labor is as much, if not more mental than physical, I think it's important to understand the difference. I highlighted my favorite parts.  Hope it helps you. 
(Used this online dictionary) 


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