This blog isn’t about the opioid
crisis. But the current epidemic use of opioids it a wonderful metaphor for
another part of our lives.
What do opioids do? More broadly,
what do any painkillers do? They stop pain for a period of time. Or they at
least dull the pain. Perhaps they mask the pain. But the pain returns,
sometimes more pronounced.
This same process happens when we
decide to mask our emotional pain. The pain has become unbearable, just like the
person with physical pain from a serious surgery or long-term health crisis.
When you and I have emotional
pain we humans have all sorts of innovative ways of masking it. Our “opioids of
choice” for these occasions include:
anger; obsessive behavior with food, drink, sex/porn, shopping, or
Other less damaging choices might
be to watch something mindless on TV, go to sleep, or get involved with the
problems of others. What would the alternative be to these diversions?
First, admitting we have an issue,
situation, or problem we need to face. Second, face it. Simple, but not always easy.
The joy is that we do not have to go it alone. As soon as we have the desire to
change the universe begins to conspire for our success.
The right person, the next book,
the perfect idea – all are examples of the ways Spirit can guide us to the
healing we desire. Yes, it takes work. That’s why the majority of humanity is
looking for cures instead of healings.
A healing requires our personal
responsibility and involvement in the process. It may take time. It’s not a
quick fix, like the temporary cure the opioid provides. But the effort is worth
it as our need for masking problems and obtaining quick fixes is replaced with
more joy-filled lives and our ability to move beyond the situation.