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Healing must start from the inside

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Wounds at different parts of the body heal at different dates. When doctors stitch injuries, they take off the sutures at different times depending on the location of the injury. For instance, sutures on the face are removed after five to seven days while those on the extremities (arms and legs) stay on till about fourteen days. The difference in blood supply to these parts determines this. The blood provides the needed nutrients and constituents for proper healing.

Some wounds aren’t physical, yet, they share similarities with the physical wounds. They are located at different recesses of the mind/soul/heart. Some are located deep within, where the light of healing might have a hard time reaching. Many things bring about such wounds; betrayal, the death of loved ones, relationship heartbreaks, business fold ups, etc.

A physical wound that goes unnoticed may or may not cause any trouble. If it does not get contaminated or infected, it would heal and close up without the person even knowing. Same applies to situations where others have taken serious offence on your behalf but you don’t even take note of it. You are not moved, you are not affected. Your life goes on, uncomplicated.

Some wounds need to be opened up, cleaned and allowed to gape for a while. They are called dirty wounds because they contain debris, germs and other things that would prevent healing if not attended to. These wounds are usually not fresh as they would have been ignored for a while. Psychological and emotional trauma need to be recognized and accepted as hurt. This is the first step to healing, else, the wound is buried and it begins to fester. Opening up to someone is usually helpful. Although, doing so to the wrong person can make things worse. It has been found that just talking about the when, where and how of hurtful situations help many people heal faster.

Any open wound, especially if it is quite large, has to eventually be closed up. Thus, it does not pay anyone to dwell indefinitely on psychological and emotional wounds. Eventually, closure is needed. This may include a relocation from where the hurtful event occurred, discarding clothing’s belonging to dead loved ones, starting a new job, a new relationship, anything that closes the door to the past.

Sutures have to be removed unless they are the absorbable type. Whatever or whoever helps you get over non-physical wounds should not become a crutch. You still have to let go. Unless the person is absorbable. For instance, the person can become your new girl/boyfriend. Although, it is advisable to rise above such hurt, be sure you are healed and clear headed before taking such a decision.

Wounds should heal. It takes a lot to heal. It takes letting go. Let go of the hurt. Let the offender off. Surrender.

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Eunice Oladeji

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