Imagine that I am hiking in Colorado on a beautiful mountain trail. It’s breathtaking! And I’ve chosen this particular path, because it’s relatively easy. Sure, I’m fit enough I could have chosen something longer, steeper, less travelled. But today I just wanted an easy walk. As I’m walking, I come across a tree that has fallen and covered the path. I don’t care for this tree in my way. What do I do? Shall I scream out of anger? Would it help to call the national park service to complain about why they haven’t found and removed this fallen tree? Given that I am personally a very small person, should I attempt to on my own remove it from the path? Or is my best option to simply accept that the fallen tree is there and change my own behavior to accommodate it? Once I accept that the tree exists, I can carefully step over the tree and continue on my path.
Can you accept the trees in the way of your own life? Can you make peace with their existence and work around it? Not that you’ll stop disliking the trees, they are in your way after all. But can you stop fighting reality so you can become unstuck and keep moving forward?
If you find yourself ruminating about difficult situations in your own life, feeling “stuck” and not knowing how to cope with the stressful situations you are facing, please reach out and call Aspire Counseling LLC today at 573-328-2288. We’ll set you up with a therapist who can help you learn to balance acceptance and change so that you can look at the world around you with fresh, realistic eyes and find a path forward.