I just recovered from an ulcer on my lip the other day and it felt amazing. It was an ulcer caused by clumsy chewing. I 5 days of pain before it recovered to the point where toothpaste stopped feeling like acid when it inevitably touches the wound.
That 6th day was wonderful, I finally could eat without worrying that the food will rub against the open wound.
The 7th, 8th, and maybe up to the 10th day were also great. I appreciated the fact that my wound, which had been hurting like a bitch before, had healed fully. Food tasted better, and being able to once again brush my teeth without being tortured felt like a gift.
But as the painful memory faded with time, I became less conscious of the way I chewed…
… and today I bit myself again. A fresh ulcer developed a few short hours later.
I know that if I’m mindful in chewing my food, I can virtually eliminate all future bite-induced mouth ulcers. Yet here I am.
An ulcer reminds me that I am bound to repeat the same mistake almost as soon as I forget to pay attention.
To never repeat the same preventable mistake twice, one needs to be mindful.