There aren’t enough medications to take, nice dinners and vacations to go on, glasses of wine or coffee to drink, or new shoes to wear that will make us feel better in the long run, if we’re feeling empty underneath. None of those things are inherently bad or wrong (and can be awesome add ons in some cases), though if we’re feeling empty, they’ll simply act as numbing agents. And when the numbing effect wears off, we’ll hurt more.
And if we adults are numbing out, guess what our teens will learn to do?
Today, if the feeling of empty hits, can we sit with it a minute? (The answer to what will make us feel better in the long run lives in that quiet, if we can sit the feelings.)