I can remember it clearly, though I have no idea how old I was. Early one Saturday morning I eased into the kitchen getting ready for my morning cereal, but my momma said she was cooking breakfast that day. Pancakes. I was very excited, because pancakes was one of my mother’s specialties. I was tall enough to see that the eye on the stove was a bright red color, and I was intrigued. I had never noticed that before so I reached out for it. I really don’t remember what was going through my mind, or why I wanted to touch it, or even what I was going to do with it once I got it. But as I was reaching anyway, my mom yelled out, “No! Don’t touch that; it’s hot!”
She turn back around, and like most little boys, I completely ignored her and did what I wanted to do anyway. “AHHHHH!!!!!,” I screamed.
It was a pain I had never felt before! I looked down at my fingers and they all white and turning gray; blistering from the intense heat I had just contacted. Hurt like the dickens (even though I have no clue how much the dickens hurt). Here we are some thirty or so years later and I vividly remember that pain. It is etched in my brain, because it hurt so much. Pain like could have kept me from ever trusting a stove again. I could have been so paralyzed that I would have never cooked meal or made hot cocoa. But my momma said after consoling me, “That ought to teach you.”
I didn’t really understand what she meant, but a few days later the blisters were gone and my fingers were back to normal. I didn’t have anymore pain, but I remembered what I had learned. Never touch the hot eye of the stove.
What pain have you experienced that is etched into you brain? What hurt so much that you can’t ever forget it? It is dangerous to live the rest of your life looking through the lens of the pain you’ve once experienced. Don’t allow yourself to be skittish when approaching other situations that arise. That pain occurred to teach you a lesson. So, what have you learned?
In order to grow, mature and maximize all that life brings to you, you have to make sure you forget the pain an retain the lesson. You went through that thing to prepare you for the days to come. Learn all you can from that experience, but let go of the hurt. Remember: pain is temporary. Be healed and move on; pick up your bed and walk.
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