Joe washed the onions and started chopping them at his usual rapid pace. He kept stealing glances at the TV in the corner. Chef Marco was explaining what went into making a delectable stew. Joe wanted to make sure everything tasted perfect, these were important guests after all. The phone rang and he turned his head to look at the screen.

Snip!

“Not again!” , he exclaimed, as he looked at his finger to assess the damage. It wasn’t a deep cut, so he put a band aid on it and went back to cooking dinner for his parents.

They arrived sharp at 7:00 and they all sat down for dinner in the kitchen. Everything tasted just right, Joe was happy with himself. After they were done, they shifted to the living room to have some coffee and talk about life. The band aid had started to come loose and Joe pulled it off. The skin underneath looked shriveled and was itching.

“You need to let it be, it will heal. Don’t put another band aid on it.”, said his mother, as she saw the wound.

“It hurts when it gets in contact with anything.”

“It will hurt for a bit, but you’ll heal. Put some turmeric on it.”

Much like our physical wounds, sometimes mental wounds need to be let out in the open. You can put a metaphorical band aid on it, distract yourself, run away from the problem but there are chances that the wound might fester.

You don’t want that to happen, do you?

Getting to the root of the problem, letting it out in the open and discussing it with the people who matter is often the best solution. It might feel uncomfortable, but it will eventually heal.

You can choose to rip off the band aid in one go or take your own sweet time with it. Then again, there are things which you can’t put a band aid on, wounds that won’t heal on their own.

Eric Jerome Dickey, an author, phrased it well- “You want to put a Band-Aid on something that needs stiches.”