A few weeks ago I wrote about stuff hitting the fan in a big way. Well, that fan seems to be in perpetual motion. Unwanted changes also seem to be in perpetual motion. There’s been so little time to adjust to one thing when another rolls in. I find myself bouncing around among inertia, resignation, trying to accept what is out of my control and figuring out how to move forward with what is. I think there is often a tendency to complicate difficulties making them exponentially more difficult. While pondering the current situation, a couple of quotes came to me that were just right for this or any other challenge.
“If you find yourself in a challenging situation, one that pushes you beyond your comfort zone. One that stimulates frustration, disillusionment and even despair . . . Take action. Do what you can do. Make the best effort you can make.” Gregg Krech
The other is paraphrasing James Dean. Essentially, we cannot change the direction of the wind, but we can adjust our sails to continue forward with our journey.
What is most important is to make the effort to do one small thing. Just take that one action to get started. Then take another step. Soon we realize we are out of the doldrums and moving into a more productive, energetic state. The switches don’t get flipped all at once. One by one everything gets brighter and brighter.
This is the message I need to keep giving myself throughout these most trying and unusual times. Sure, we can trip up and downward spiral. That’s part of being human. It’s about remembering to flip one switch; take one small action. That downward spiral will begin to reverse course and turn upward again.
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