Getting Unstuck from the Rut in Your Life

Getting UnstuckAt one time or another, we all get stuck in a rut. Perhaps it’s an unfulfilling job or relationship. When you realize you are in a rut, what can you do? How can you get unstuck?

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Obstacles and Their Overcoming

Just as a question asks to be answered, as a pain calls out to be healed, so too an obstacle beckons to be overcome.

Imagine you’re walking down the highway of life, you turn a corner, and there before you sits a boulder of overwhelming size which blocks your path. What would you do?

Some persons would throw their hands up in plaintive despair. Forlorn, they might sit down before the boulder, and wait for it to move itself. It may be a very long wait.

Others might shake their heads, and just turn around. They might think they were mistaken when they took the path that lead there.

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Relinquishment and Choice: Say Yes to One, Let the Other One Ride

Fresh from the womb, life before us is almost unbounded potential. We are like an untouched block of granite awaiting the sculptor’s will. How will our lives take shape? Like the blow of a sculptor’s chisel, each day that we live chips away some potential. Each choice we make carves a path from among potential alternative futures. Across the span of our lives, living and choosing transform us from potentiality into actuality.

Yet when faced with a choice from among different alternatives, many of us get stuck. One of the ways in which we get stuck is analysis paralysis which I have discussed elsewhere. Here I want to address the difficulty of being unable to relinquish or let go of possibilities.

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A Life of Your Choosing

Too many of us live lives which we do not want, but we feel helpless to change. For some, their hopes and passions have almost expired entangled in the thorns of drudgery or unwanted situations. Others spend their days in the stupor of a thankless job in which they have no interest except a paycheck. Still other persons live in enslavement to the debt which our materialistic culture encourages. If we asked any of these persons, “Is this the life you want?”, most would emphatically reply, “No!”… and then continue on as they were.

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Analysis Paralysis and Starship Captain Jean Luc Picard

Expressing our authenticity sometimes requires making a decision through which our living will be carried forward. Yet not all decisions are obvious. When faced with a decision, occasionally we may get stuck in analysis paralysis – unable to decide between this and that. At such times, Captain Jean Luc Picard, Captain of the starship USS Enterprise (Star Trek: The Next Generation), may point the way out of our predicament.

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