Why is it that we’ll run to the doctor to address health concerns, but do everything in our power to get out of facing other issues?
We’ll sulk, complain, drink more, eat comfort food, pull the covers back over our heads, say no–anything to avoid dealing with the discomfort, fear, uncertainty, dislike of some “thing”. Even something potentially good.
What is Your Something?
We all have an issue (or two) we don’t want to face. The weather, THAT person, an uncomfortable situation, getting old, loneliness, a health concern, an unwanted task, an uncertain future, listlessness–the list is endless.
But we shouldn’t let our “something” paralyze us. Knowing what to do when dealing with an undesirable issue is key to enjoying the present.
Being intentional about facing the difficult, shrinks it to a doable and sometimes enjoyable opportunity. [←Tweet this]
What to do?
Winter blues? Deal with it head on. Take a walk. Go skiing (stick to the bunny hill if you like–no shame in that). Go sledding. Build a snowman. Have a snowball fight. Make a snow angel. Get out in the cold and learn why some of the most beautiful photos are taken on winter days! I promise this will help the winter doldrums.
Fear of falling or failing? Face it! Get back on those skis. Commit to a small speaking engagement. Schedule that difficult meeting.
Overwhelmed? Do one thing. Get it done. Then one more and one more.
Lonely or feeling worthless? Don’t sit at home feeling sorry for yourself. Make a call. Visit a nursing home or shut in. Invite someone over. Meet someone for coffee. Attend church. Everyone busy? Join a health club. Sign up to serve the homeless and hungry. Pray for someone. Write a letter.
Struggling with a relationship? Deal with it. Address the person. Air out your grievances with them in love and grace. Try to see through their eyes. You may discover a closeness you didn’t expect. If nothing else, you can rest easier knowing you tried.
The point is wallowing in our fear or pity only breeds more of the same. [←Tweet this.] Inaction is paralyzing, but action is empowering. Tackle the uncomfortable; find freedom in moving forward … one step at a time.
Re-frame your day to enjoy the gift of the present.
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe.” Ephesians 1:18-19
Reflection: What’s one thing you can do now, today, to face head-on your present difficulty or discomfort?
Yours in grace ≈