Running as far and as fast as you can…

10 May

Ever notice that it’s when you’re trying as hard as you can to push something away…a feeling, a situation, a task…that you experience the most suffering?

Think about it. You’re in a relationship. You want to tell your partner something that’s been bothering you, but you’re scared of his/her reaction. So you put it off. Meanwhile it’s eating you up inside. You’re a ball of nerves. Your stomach’s irritated from anxiety. You’re touchy and irritable.

Procrastination is another great example. We push things further and further to the edge of our to-do lists and suddenly the task is staring us square in the face demanding our attention. No way out at this point lest we risk looking completely inept and irresponsible.

We shirked the duty initially because it likely felt overwhelming. Where do I start? What’s the first step? That overwhelming feeling is what we’re working to avoid.

See where I’m going with this though? It does take a bit of work and discomfort at the front end to ultimately find the peace we’ve wanted all along. It does take some effort to sit in the muck for a little bit of time in order to avoid prolonging the suffering. And it does take a level of awareness to recognize that we’re thinking in a manner that allows us to justify, if just for one more day, not taking responsibility for something we know we’d be better off doing.

Avoiding discomfort causes more discomfort. It compounds.

What are you avoiding facing right now? What’s the first step in looking it right between the eyes and sitting with it?

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2 Responses to “Running as far and as fast as you can…”

  1. Donloree May 25, 2011 at 9:51 PM #

    Isn’t it interesting that by dealing with the ugliest things we become the most beautiful we’ve ever been?

    I love and hate this. 🙂

    • kpropst May 26, 2011 at 8:33 PM #

      If it’s easy, we are not stretched. We are not forced to look past the superficial. When we have to assess, strive, and do some work, we learn, we grow, we thrive! 🙂

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