I would like to offer some insight will absolutely help when you or someone in your life is struggling with a concern – especially a concern that happens more than once.
If someone is bleeding profusely, of course we should address the immediate emergency and stop the bleeding. In an emergency bleeding situation though, stopping the bleeding is never the end of the interaction.
- What about foreign objects (debris) in the wound?
- What about bacteria that may lead to infection?
- What happens if the actual cause of the bleeding isn’t something we can readily see?
This is why it isn’t enough to put a bandage on the wound and walk away. An investigation is necessary to ensure that the wound itself isn’t just a symptom of a bigger concern. The same applies when someone is going through anything in their life that has the potential to hurt or harm them.
Address the emergency and stop the bleeding, then ask the question, “Why do you keep bleeding?” As Desmond Tutu said, you need to find out why they keep falling into the river. That’s where the real work is.
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