The Rash

February 24, 2017

Personal Growth

Marti wrote me and said that her two-year-old daughter, Darcy, had developed a rash all over her body, as though she had rolled around in stinging nettle. But it was January, and the nettle had died out months before. So they put an antihistamine cream on her from head to toe, which helped the symptoms. But the rash continued, the symptoms resumed, and the cream was applied repeatedly.

Marti began an investigation of possible causes—change in laundry detergent, potential allergens in play areas, and more. Then her husband volunteered that for the past several days he had bathed Darcy, and when he noticed that they no longer had her usual baby bath soap, he put some “man lotion” of his own in the water.

Marti returned to using the usual baby bath soap, and the rash disappeared.

Many of the problems in our lives are much like Darcy’s rash. We demonstrate behavioral or emotional problem, and we attempt to treat the symptoms with a wide variety of cures: money, social media, alcohol, drugs, sex, and more. But the symptoms persist, because we haven’t treated the real problem.

When people aren’t happy, treating symptoms can work temporarily, like antihistamine cream on a rash. But the real cause of the unhappiness persists, so until we eliminate pain and fear with Real Love, the symptoms return again and again.

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