Thursday, May 19, 2011

a note on pain and what we have to learn

In my time with those young addicts, I was often surprised by their entitled demands for advil.  Whether a headache, a toothache, or soreness from a hike, many were resistant to coping with even the small pains of life. Furthermore, the ones with the greatest intolerance for minor suffering were the ones who, in their pasts, had been most deeply wounded.  Like an allergy, they seemed to have developed a reaction to pain so strong they turned to relief at any cost.  One cost?  The silencing of a teacher, a tool and a guide for change.  xo

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