I learned a principle today that I like to call ‘The Band Aid’.
The idea behind this principle is that there are moments that are going to cause a small amount of pain, so we avoid them. We avoid topics of conversation, asking certain questions, acknowledging facts we already know to be true, because we know the outcome: ouch.
We have two options:
1) We leave ‘the band aid’ alone, hoping that it falls off by itself and doesn’t hurt us and also doesn’t cause more problems.
2) We rip ‘the band aid’ off quickly and accept it will hurt a little, but needs to be done.
There are moments in our life and our relationships where we have to take a good look at what is happening and weigh our options. Will it hurt more in the future if we simply ignore ‘the band aid’? Will it bother us if we never acknowledge ‘the band aid’ exists? How will taking care of ‘the band aid’ now help us grow? How will we be hindered if we don’t take care if it?
I am so grateful for those people in my life who have helped me learn this concept through experiencing it. More often than not, the right thing to do is acknowledge it needs to be done–rip ‘the band aid’ off quickly!