In quite a few of my blog posts, I write about the many opportunities we have to make choices in life—and I’m quickly coming to the conclusion that we have much more power in our choices than we realize. In fact, while we may not always be able to choose the specific things that happen to us, we may certainly choose the way we feel about them and the manner in which we react to them—and that can often mean the difference between success and failure, no matter what the endeavor.
Many times you may be confronted with situations or circumstances where you might wish to make a change. Perhaps you’re dealing with health issues, financial difficulties, or relationships that just don’t seem to be working. It may seem as if you’ve done everything possible to resolve things—and they still don’t seem to be working out well. Perhaps you’ve sought assistance from those qualified to help, redoubled your efforts to bring about the change you wish to see, or tried a variety of conventional remedies to correct the situation. You may have even tried less common approaches, such as trying to change your own outlook or attracting more desirable circumstances through positive thinking, visualization, or prayer.
In these situations, there often comes a point where there’s a choice to be made. Do you keep working on the issue, perhaps changing tactics, seeking new information, or committing even more energy to the effort? Or do you shrug your shoulders, say “It is what it is”, give up on it, and let go? Believe it or not, there’s a perfectly valid third option—one I wish I’d taken a bit more often over the years. It’s called giving yourself a break.
In thinking back over the number of times I’ve butted my head against a proverbial brick wall or gotten upset and given up on something in utter disgust, I now realize that those challenges were just Nature trying to tell me something. In many cases, it was trying to tell me, “Lighten up, it’s not that big a deal!”, “Just have some patience and wait—the time isn’t quite right for that”, or “Hell-oh-oh, you’re headed in the wrong direction entirely!”
Now, when I’m faced with a significant challenge and I don’t seem to be making any progress, I try to remember to take a break. I sit back for a bit, take a breather, and try to understand the lesson this challenge may be trying to teach me. Or I distract myself for awhile by doing something I really enjoy doing. In taking a bit of a time-out, I often lower my stress level, allow creative intuition and inspiration to express themselves in surprising ways, and become more “in tune” with the Divine Universal Flow of things. Sometimes when I do decide to go back and tackle my challenge again, I find I’ve been re-energized and am in a much better frame of mind. Many times too, in setting a difficult problem aside for awhile, I suddenly discovered the solution was right there in front of me the entire time—I just couldn’t see it because I was so stubbornly focused in another direction!
So the next time you find yourself banging your head against a brick wall and trying to break through, try giving yourself a break instead. If you’re like me, the step you take back might be the very thing you need to see a much easier way through—like the freakin’ gate that’s standing wide open, just around the corner!
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