When Pain Enters In

When pain enters in where love should have been, if we choose to hide it is because of pride.  Anger will soon come in response to the pain in the natural flow of things.  If we let anger’s companions of revenge and bitterness move in, we will be prisoners of pity and fear.  Manipulative behaviors and all sorts of diversions away from the pain will cripple us from being the whole person we were meant to be, ironically keeping us at bay from the love for which we long.  Externals become important, our intellect, our image, our station in life, our sexuality …  Escaping into anonymity or fighting for control carries us through the day while loneliness and low self worth cradles us in the night.  Our natural abilities become personal traps as a self-fulfilling cycle winds its way throughout our life.  Entitlement becomes our crown in the pageant in which we are competing.
When pain enters in where love should have been, if we choose to heal it is because of humility.  Anger will soon come in response to the pain in the natural flow of things.  If we accept anger for what it is, as a response to pain and not as a new identity, then anger’s companions will have no where to move in.  Indeed justice should be sought, for today or in some far tomorrow, but the wound does not become a pit.  Internals become important, pursuing health and wholeness, embracing forgiveness …  Exploring life in its fullness carries us through the day while the night provides us with peace and rest.  Our natural abilities become assets.  Competition is not the point of life but completion with Love in mind.
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