Tell me if this sounds familiar.
You’re working on a train wreck of a project. Or managing the customer from hell. Or giving a presentation to an audience of crickets.
And there’s nothing you can do about it.
There’s no escape. A cold finger of dread hooks around your heart, panic soaks your skin and waves of anxiety start traveling up and down your spine. You’re completely trapped. Frozen at the point of existential resignation.
That dreadful space where you stand in disbelief at your circumstances, paralyzed under the weight of helplessness and you think to yourself, I just want to run away and hide from the world.
It’s the worst. The worst. And your experience isn’t even painful. Pain left town a while ago. In this space, what you’re left with is a quieter, more insidious feeling. Pain’s third cousin.
Numbness. The anti feeling. Blech.
It reminds me of a mantra we repeat at yoga studio during some of the longer and more challenging postures.
The only way out is through. The only way out is through.
Meaning, our acceptance of the situation doesn’t mean we approve of it, or that we like it, or that we don’t want it to change. It simply means that we stop trying to deny reality and acknowledge what is instead.
Then, we put our helplessness behind us. We go straight through the difficult moment without yielding to the urge to escape. And we go finish this thing we started, to the best of our abilities.
Only way out.
If you’re going to do it, walk through it.
LET ME ASK YA THIS...
Where are you shirking or shrinking back from the implied responsibilities of our lives?
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