So it seems fillings that come loose can hurt and whilst that made me think about pain in all its attributes I was also reminded that no matter how much the poor manage to save the savings always have to go on something important they were not expecting. As if all savings were for emergencies and could never be for anything else, which is probably markedly true.
But then there are poor people in the world to whom the idea of saving anything for any time, makes a person rich. Just as there is some pain that makes some people grit their teeth and work on and others scream for panaceas of any kind. I am guessing that physical pain (almost any physical pain) would be a happy substitute for someone in emotional pain. And to have both at the same time must be pretty unbearable for most of us.
So for the most part my loose filling which means I cannot bite down is being repaired today and the discomfort is neither-here-nor-there, and the money to pay for it won’t be going to buy anything nice (though it may help the dentist’s summer holiday next year.)
But really and truly I may lack money but I am not poor, and I may need a filling replaced but I am not in any pain. Focus is everything.