July 19, 2011 –
Changing Direction –
Do you ever feel like you are stuck? Stuck in a job that doesn’t enrich you, or a relationship that doesn’t comfort you, or a life situation that doesn’t feel good to you? We all feel stuck at times. We work hard with some really good goals in mind, and no matter what we do we can’t seem to make it better, or get ahead or fix it.
It is as if your small boat has gone aground on a sandbar. Now, your could sit and complain that this is not what you intended, but then of course, you just keep sitting there.
At times like this you need to temporarily take your focus off the direction of your destination and deal with the immediate problem. You need to get un-stuck. You may be required to push off with your paddle, or rock the boat a little bit, or perhaps even get out, relaunch and jump back in. If you want to get back in the water – back in the flow of life – you’re going to have to move a little bit.
So what will it take to get you back in the water? What kind of movement is required for you? It will probably be disguised as something you have never done before. If you always go out, try staying in. If you always go left, practice going right. If you are a loner, join something. If you always need to be with people, plan a solitary retreat. You’ve still got your imagination and ingenuity, so get creative.
None of these new behaviors need to be permanent. They aren’t intended to be. Their purpose is to get you back in the water where you can regain control and decide which way to steer your boat.
Course correction will probably require a few 90 degree turns. Changing direction isn’t without a little trial and error. You may have to try a few really new and innovative things before you are going in the direction you want to go in again. Then again, there’s always the chance that one of those new directions will lead you to your heart’s desire, and getting stuck in the first place was a gift from the Divine. Who knew?