Conquering the Creative Work-Life Balance: Medicating the Problem

I’ve been in a really reflective mode over the past month, while I was away from this blog. (Check out last week’s post, entitled A Creative’s Lesson in Creative Work-Life Balance to see what I was up to during that time.) And, it was a needful time for me to ponder over a few life themes. It’s those real-life experiences that have a way of teaching the most hard-hitting messages. That’s why my creative mindset was positioned on “Consider the Bigger Picture,” when evaluating how to get the creative work-life balance more balanced.

One of the themes that’s been so prevalent in my attempt at thinking with a higher level of clarity is the idea of pacifying a problem in order to make it more manageable to live with instead of going to the root cause of the problem, attacking it, and putting it to sleepy-bye for the long-haul.

I looked at loved ones I know (and even my own tight-knit family core) and can make a long laundry list of situations in where we’ve sought to patch up the problem by putting some soothing salve and a bandaid over a festering sore. Sure the pain and achiness might go away for a moment of time, but that big old sore will swell up once again, ooze outside of the bandage that’s trying to hold it in (hold it together) and will eventually rupture into that full force problem that has to be faced again and again.

Low-key graphic, huh?

Well, I’m trying to keep it tamed for those faint of heart, but you get the idea of the recurring, chronic nature of a problem not dealt with at the root of its inception. That’s what our chronically problematic situations look like.

In fact, I’m surrounded in life by individuals who have chronic health challenges that they’ve lived with for decades of their lives. Just heart-wrenching cases of living with a problem by medicating it to where that problem is addressed by making it livable but never a non-problem altogether.

And hey, I get the fact that some things are out of individuals’ control when it comes to some health conditions. So, let’s just concentrate on those health conditions that can be turned around with some focused effort made in a truly healing direction.

I often think about the better quality of life those individuals could have if they’d just change up the mindset of how they tend to that chronic health challenge. In other words, instead of just going along to get along with the THANG, why not just challenge the status quo and nix the THANG altogether? Getting down to the true remedy and unleashing it with a vengeance that only a survivor of chronic health abuse can rightfully let loose on its captor.

Weeeeelllllll . . .

That takes some concentrated focus on where the problem originated from in the first place. It makes you come to terms with the idea that YOU, more than likely, had (and still have) a part to play in why this uninvited chronic invader, that’s been quite content on controlling a portion of your life, has been hanging around for all these years.

So, let me ask you this. ARE YOU CODDLING THE PROBLEM?

In fact, has your life routine forced you to medicate this problem on a daily basis for years? Are you even hindered in your ability to carry out routine daily functions because of it? To where you have to spend a considerable amount of time each day to keep it at bay, so it doesn’t completely take over your daily/weekly to-do lists? Seriously, has it become a prominent part of your life’s work to bandage up this recurring problem with no end of ultimate relief in sight? Exhausting, isn’t it?

Maybe?

Probably.

So then, it’s a GREAT BIG DISTRACTION in your life that has to be tended to. Just admit it. And furthermore, it takes away from other BIGGER PICTURE PRIORITIES that you’d much rather focus on, giving your undivided time, energy, and attention to.

Right about now, you might be wondering what any of this has to do with creative work-life balance. Well, it actually has a lot to do with it. And just letting you know from personal experience, I intend to introduce you today to this whole concept of “medicating the problem.”

Yes, introduce you to.

So, count on this discussion being a two-parter. You know how I do.

We know, in fact, that individuals who have chronic problems “live” with the problem when taking prescription drugs. Right?

I mean the medications usually don’t ever cure the actual problem. They might taper it down a bit . . . make it easier to function with it . . . mask some portions of it, even. But, it never really . . . cures it.

Now, I’m not talking about antibiotics for infections or things of that nature that DO actually fight the antagonists and make them bend to their will. No, I’m talking about the laboratory-manufactured chemical invaders that we so easily succumb to without truly contemplating the toll (the warnings, contraindications, and side effects) that these prescription drugs are inflicting on our very being . . . while never beating the ultimate opponent.

Medicating the Problem

So, my question is  — why don’t we just stop the problem at its very core, before the harmful seedling gets to take root and sprout? Why don’t we just do that? That way, we have a chance of stopping the vicious cycle of chemical dependency, living with a chronic illness by ONLY deadening it (somewhat).

Coddling a problem results in DISTRACTION from receiving your true healing and freedom from your health problem.

And regarding our creative work-life balance, why don’t we just nip the imbalance in the bud before we get skewed too far on either side of the balance, or the teeter-totter I spoke of last week?

Coddling a problem results in DISTRACTION from fulfilling your life’s missions — purpose-filled roles (personal as well as professional) in the life you’ve been given.

Let’s keep this conversation going into next week (but stop it for this week), since I’m guessing you’re already starting to formulate some inferences on where I’m going with this discussion.

So, my wise friends, I want you to come back for next Monday’s installment to see if your guesses were on point. Until then . . .

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