Usually when something goes wrong, I want to take action and fix it as quickly as I can.
If our daughter forgets her lunch at home, I will stop on the way to school to get her a new one.
When I can’t sleep, I try every sleeping remedy known to man.
If I end up in a tense situation, my instinct is to talk it through until everyone is drained and exhausted out of their minds.
Now in many cases, taking action to solve a problem is very useful.
But in some cases it may not be.
I heard some wise words this morning that I’d like to share with you. My friend Janya pointed out:
“When we’re injured, or hurt somehow, sometimes we just need to do nothing. Let ourselves heal, physically or emotionally. Let situations settle. Turn towards gentle self-care and relaxing deep breaths, and sit with the pain. It will pass, whether we’re fussing about it or not. And sometimes all the fussing can make it worse. So I ask myself, ‘what if all I have to do is give this space and time to heal?’ And often, that’s enough.”
I wonder if you might find a bit of space and time in your heart today to let a hurtful thing heal. Just do nothing and let it be exactly as it is for now. And see what happens?
I’ll be sitting right here with you.