Have you ever done something that you know you shouldn’t do? But you do it anyways. You push too far and injure yourself? This past weekend I was working on one of my boxes when my hot glue gun wasn’t working quite like I wanted it to. I pushed the glue gun button and at first it was sticking. No hot glue came out. So I pushed it again, hard, and a gob of hot glue landed on the lid of the box. It was fine. A bit more glue than I wanted but I could work with it. Then the lid flipped over onto the back of my thumb. Not the side with callouses. Where it would have been uncomfortable but no big deal. No, it landed on the other side. It took off the top layer of skin and gave me a second degree burn. It was painful when it happened. But I am healing.
Yes, my injury was of my own doing. I pushed too far and wasn’t paying close enough attention. And yes, my injury was caused in the pursuit of creating my art. This got me thinking about injuries…. injuries from accidents….. injuries from other people….. injuries that we inflict on others….. injuries that we inflict upon ourselves…. injuries that cannot be seen. When one has a cut, breaks a bone, is burned or is ill, we know what we have to do to take care of the injury. It’s not so easy with the injuries that cannot be seen. What all these injuries have in common is that we have the chance to heal, to learn from them. And this is where we have a choice.
Unlike physical wounds, we cannot see the healing process in the emotional ones. And I think that this is one of the reasons that we carry the unseen injuries for so long. But we don’t have to. We can heal. The human body and mind are amazing in their ability to heal. Sometimes we need the help of a professional. It is okay to need help. It is okay to get help. Especially if this is what is needed for that particular injury to heal.
Healing is not comfortable. Healing itches. It causes us to think about things that hurt us or that we did that hurt others. Sometimes this process makes us want to tear off the scabs and revisit the pain. Sometimes it makes us bind the wound too tightly. Bury the injury and never let it see the light of day. But if we just hold on….. get through the itching…… get through the fear and doubt….we will heal. There may be a scar but that scar reminds us that we are alive and we survived. And that we deserve to be happy.
I read something the other day on the internet about the seven keys to happiness. I couldn’t remember any of them except the one that said to let go of the past. This could be also translated to let go of an injury. How can we best do this? By practicing forgiveness. Forgive yourself. Forgive others. Forgive, Learn and Heal.
We only reach our full potential when we allow ourselves to learn from the injury, let go of the pain and move forward. And as for myself, I am healing and I learned a lesson. I will be very happy as I purchase a brand new, low heat glue gun.