© 2010 Marica

142 – Trapped

Sometimes I can be my own worst enemy, especially when I allow my inner critic to have a voice. During these times I have felt trapped by my body and my thoughts. It just happens. It creeps up on me. I’m aware of what is happening and I want to stop it so I can escape from the feelings that momentarily drag me down.

The worst thing about these situations is how they can alter my perspective. Instead of looking at what’s right about a situation it becomes easier to focus on what’s wrong even though I know this isn’t productive in the long run. Experience has taught me that the way we frame our thoughts has such a huge impact on what happens next.

This is what I started to think about when I noticed the hand coming out of the boot of the car in front of us today. It was an unusual sight so it drew my attention. I assume the owner of the car put this rubber hand in this particular position to make people laugh. I could see the humour only another message took hold. This message had to do with having options and the choices we make on a daily basis. I imagined being the person trapped inside this car boot who was desperately wanting to get out. What would I do? How would I handle this situation? In many ways this situation is familiar to us all even if the context is different.

Feeling trapped can be productive or unproductive depending on the decisions we make.

We can choose to feel overwhelmed by our life, our circumstances, our relationships, our jobs, our financial situation, global and local events, by whatever drama presents itself to us at any one point in time. We can become paralysed by all this and choose to do nothing in response. On the surface it can feel easier because it is at least familiar.

Or we can look at every situation as an opportunity to grow, learn and make the changes that will lead us to where we want to be. Looking through new eyes and discovering new perspective helps us to reframe our thinking and leads us to take the action required. If we can imagine where we are headed and what it will look like we feel greater confidence in taking the jump that will get us there. Its not the easier option but it is definitely more satisfying and rewarding.

I know which perspective I’d rather take, and in reality have taken over the years – except when those momentary lapses occur. I wouldn’t be where I am today if I hadn’t chosen to focus on moving ahead and being prepared to change whatever needed to change.

Manifesto
37. Every day fight for what’s worth fighting for. Pick your battles.
38. Every day be brave and give things a go. Use fear to trigger you into action.
46. Every day you can change your thoughts.

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