Quick Fix

​For years I lived off what I thought was instant gratification. It was instant, but rarely truly gratifying. It was a fleeting pardon from that which I refused to face. My solution was a symbol and a symptom of a deeper problem. I placed bandaid on top of bandaid, while the infection spread out of control.
In time, my external appearance began to match my deteriorating interior. I could not wish or will away what I had become. I was broken, but not unfixable or incomplete. Desperate enough to surrender, I gave myself to something Greater and life began to change.
I have found there is no shortcut to happiness. The satisfaction I seek is not instantaneous. I needed a new definition. Gratification manifests in a process of doing the next right thing and having a program of action.
When I work towards the Greater good, I am both gratified and grateful.
~S.D.

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