I’m always curious about how people manage the pain in their lives. Although I have never asked the question, I am very observant. I think that what I observe tells me more than what people could say. We numb and deaden ourselves on so many things: television, religion, alcohol, drugs, food, spa treatments, retreats, technology, work, play….everything and anything that will keep us from feeling.
When we use things (and sometimes people) to dull our pain, we are self-medicating.
It takes courage to actually feel the pain of a moment — to face it, head on — un-medicated.
But Howard Thurman says that the world needs people who are alive – people who are alive feel joy and pain — deeply. You can’t choose one or the other, because life brings both.
Sometimes, because we don’t want to feel the pain, we deaden ourselves and thereby rob ourselves of feeling real joy.
What hurts you?
What are you mad about?
What brings you joy?
The world needs people who will use their passions — who will come alive — and allow the Holy Spirit to propel them into action.
Don’t be afraid to feel whatever you are facing because if you are alive, you can do something about it.