Whenever we got in trouble as kids, one of the things my brother and I would have to do was pick weeds from the landscaping in our front/back yard. Manual labor was my parent’s punishment-of-choice.
Admittedly, I never paid much attention to whether or not I uprooted the full weed. As long as the landscaping looked cleared, my punishment was over. To hasten the process on hot summer days, there were times when I didn’t even bother with the weed itself… I would just shift patches of mulch from one spot to another to cover large groups of weeds.
After “doing my time” I learned the hard way that by not uprooting the weeds, I was simply paving the way for more work to be done in the future. I could have made my job much easier if I just got rid of the weeds properly. Instead, I took shortcuts thinking it would help me “get it over with” faster.
Unfortunately, I think a lot of people approach their health problems in a similar way. You see, symptoms are warning signs that something isn’t right within the body. They’re effects of a problem. Symptoms are like the visible top portion of the weed, and you have three ways of dealing with them:
- You can throw a bunch of mulch over it so that you can’t see it for a while…
- You can do nothing, and let the weeds keep growing until they overtake your yard…
- You can eliminate the cause by uprooting the weed.
How have you been approaching your own health care? Are you addressing the cause or simply manage the effects?