There was a period of 5 years when I did not go to the dentist. I had a FEW “trouble spots” that needed to be fixed, and I decided to ignore the problem.
The discomfort and expense were preventing me from doing what I needed to do. It was dumb.
When I finally went, the FEW trouble spots had become 7 cavities and 5 new trouble spots.
It took several visits, countless Novocaine shots, and a lot of money to get my mouth in order.
We tend to do the same thing in other areas of our lives (particularly with our financial “trouble spots”). We avoid short term lesser pain which leads to major long term problems!
We know better, but, at times, it seems we are hardwired to act this way. It takes wisdom, courage, and good counsel to embrace the short term pain.