Does Time Heal All Wounds? May 7, 2010Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Life Balance, Mindfulness, People.
Tags: Forgiveness, Happiness, Mindfulness
Does time heal all wounds?
Maybe . . . but only when we cooperate.
When we fall down and skin our knee, the wound almost always heals faster if we just clean it up and leave it alone . . . letting time do its thing.
We know that picking at the scab will slow down the healing process.
We analyze what happened.
We turn it over in our minds.
We tell other people what happened.
We solicit their opinions.
We gather friends around us to support our ego’s view of the situation.
We desire retribution.
In extreme cases, we plot our revenge . . .
Does all this ego-maneuvering and posturing speed the healing process? Nope. Just the opposite.
When we hang on to negative emotions (hurt, frustration, anger, sadness, or grief), we are getting in the way of the natural healing process. Instead of letting time work its magic, we tend to aggravate the impact of the initial injury by letting it eclipse everything else in our lives.
We get stuck for days, weeks, months, and even years, watching the same stale re-runs over and over, instead of choosing to move forward.
Whenever we choose to hang on to the past, rather than letting it go, we are robbing ourselves of the joy, peace, and happiness we could be feeling right here, right now.
Next time you bruise your ego: pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and find something to smile about . . . while time does its thing.
Quote: How you relate to the issue IS the issue.