Real Healing is Slow

In our instant coffee and microwave culture, the word “slow” has no or little place. We say food service is slow, internet connection is slow, traffic is slow.

Many of us lack enough patience or drive to go into activities that compel us to wait.

Yet, especially in the area of psychological, emotional, or spiritual healing, genuine recovery takes time. More often than not, it’s by nature slow.

A young man, addicted to drugs and gambling for over 15 years, was once brought to me by his long-suffering aging parents.

At the outset, they asked how long his psychological treatment will last. Both their son and themselves wanted a quick fix since the pain had been lingering for so long in their family.

How I (or anybody) wish I can realistically tell them that there is such a thing as fast recovery - a magic result for them!

Hippocrates, the Greek physician who lived between 450 B.C. to 375 B.C., is considered by many to be the “Father of Medicine.” He once authored precepts to guide the practice of medicine.

It’s incorporated into the immortal Hippocratic Oath still taken by those entering the career or profession of medicine.

In a piece titled Aphorisms, he wrote:

“Healing is a matter of time.”

“Extreme remedies are very appropriate for extreme diseases.”

While reflecting on these thoughts, I get to think of lots of “premature withdrawal” and “unfinished work” in the health field, including mental health.

People prolong their unnecessary pain and suffering, simply by not taking the time.

The reality is, the deeper the wound, trauma, or dysfunction, the greater the amount of time that may be needed and required to recover and get well.

Wise counsel, Dr. Hippocrates!

We tend to forget or ignore your life-giving Rx prescription.