“One always dies too soon – or too late. And yet one’s whole life is complete at that moment, with a line drawn neatly under it, ready for the summing up. You are – your life, and nothing else.” ~Jean -Paul Sartre
Sticks and stones will break our bones, but words will break our hearts. ~ Robert Fulghum
Sticks and stones will break my bones but words will never hurt me. Ah, that tried and true mantra all mothers teach their offspring when other kids choose to pick on them. Is it really true? Honestly? No. It’s been found that physical and emotional pain use the same receptors of the brain. In fact, recent research has indicated that some of the medications (i.e. Tylenol) used to treat physical pain also alleviate emotional pain. But, is numbing our pain a very smart thing to do? I don’t believe it can possibly be because when we numb our pain we miss the lesson the pain is teaching us. Unlike physical pain, where medication may be indicated to reduce swelling and to heal, our brains are not fixed in nature. (before we go further I want to stress, I am not talking about brain illness, I am speaking about the pain caused by the words or actions of another. I seriously don’t want to step on toes this time).