I invite you to accompany me on my journey through authentic life. I share what's effective and appealing for me, in hopes that my authentic self might touch yours, as I approach obstacles in my life and turn them into vehicles for growth. Learning to love life, myself, and the world while letting go of judgment and perfectionism.
Thursday, April 4, 2013
Every obstacle is a vehicle
Maybe it’s cliché to say
We can turn closed doors into
windows of opportunity
When a door closes, another one opens up.
Focus on problems, you get more problems.
It’s a process but it doesn’t have to be a problem.
I don't mind clichés. I love quotes and borrowed words and my own little phrases. I can hardly think without words and I need words to turn my thoughts.
Today I was excited to have the right amount of me-time
between work and dinner out with friends.The right amount is not enough time to go home but just enough to plant
myself somewhere and write a blog post, maybe answer some emails.This morning my daughter asked me why I was
bringing the laptop to work with me.I
gave her a wise mom answer, “Because I am.”
Spring has finally arrived in Minnesota (high of 51-- it's all relative) and I am thirsty for
it.My face drinks in sunshine.I thought I could plant myself on a bench in
front of the library, get my fresh air, connect to the library’s wi-fi, and
tippy-type away, briefly getting the best of both worlds—natural and
technological.Feeling connected and
cannot seem to find the wi-fi today.I
took the laptop inside, but still no luck.I have had a tendency to get myself worked up over things not matching
my plans or expectations, even though I consider myself a problem-solver.I am a concrete random, according to the
Gregorc mindstyles, so I tend to create problems if none present
themselves.Part of dealing with
depression is difficulty making decisions, so I often get tangled up in that.
However, I have been practicing radical acceptance and
non-judgment and all kinds of skills and self-care, and had a few successes
under my belt already today, so I was able to make a quick decision.The library would close in 20 minutes.I could drive to some other wi-fi, closer to
my dinner destination, or I could grow where I was planted.I chose to sit right down and type in a
word-processing document (not straight into Blogger?! Gasp!) and just get
started.The technological connection
will come later.
And, when the library closes (in two minutes now), I will
not go chasing after another wi-fi connection.I will take a walk and get my outside time, then go to dinner.Still getting the best of both worlds.I made a decision and went with it.After years of second- and third-guessing
myself, I am pausing to appreciate the beauty of this.
You made it to the bottom of this blog post.Do you think this was a simple, elegant and
effective solution?Do you wonder what
the big deal is?Is it obvious to you
that the snag was never really an obstacle?Do you question the value of writing about something I should have been
able to shrug it off in the first place? I’m curious, and proud to say that I don’t
need judgment or advice.I need my own
approach.I need to be willing to name
obstacles “obstacles” so I can do the next thing. Knowing what an obstacle is, I can go over it, under it, around it, through it, or put wheels on it and make it a "vehicle."