FMF31 2018 Day 27: WHOLE

I am participating in 31 Days of Five Minute Free Writes 2018 (all of my submissions can be found here).

Today’s prompt is: WHOLE

Now that my daughter is an adult, we have had several conversations that, to me, reflect her growing maturity. Specifically, we have discussed “void-fillers” and the fact that all of us, at one time or another, try to fill a void in our lives with less than healthy choices. Many of those choices end up exacerbating the problem and leading to a further feeling of emptiness.

The conversation usually leads to spirituality, and the fact that our faith choices can lead to a feeling of wholeness. I am so glad she has found that, in her spiritual journey.

I was reading a story yesterday about how methamphetamine is having a resurgence. The context was the fact that much of our focus nationally right now is on the opioid crisis. That focus is necessary too, because the opioid epidemic is posing a significant problem. But meth is now cheaper to get (because it has become a commodity produced in Mexico and transported to the US), without the dangerous “home cooking/meth lab” setup it used to require.

A man quoted for the article said “Until they figure out why people want to get high and use drugs, it’s always going to be something else.” He should know — he is a former meth user himself.

There was deep truth in that statement, a truth that can be extended beyond that situation.

Be honest with yourself about how you are filling your voids today (I’ll try to do the same.)

Five Minute Friday Belong

3 thoughts on “FMF31 2018 Day 27: WHOLE

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  2. It hurts my heart! There is such a horrible opioid crisis in my area. Too many young lives have been lost. My friends/colleagues and I want to do more..but there are days the task seems so insurmountable.

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