So what is it? What is it that you aren’t acknowledging? What’s at the heart of your sudden need to escape?
The next time the need to get away pops up, I want you to claim it. I want you to own the feelings and thoughts that you’re having. There’s something in front of you that is trying to get your attention. Getting away hardly ever leads to a permanent change. You could alter your position and still run into a new set of issues somewhere else. Changing your surroundings may change you, but what if they produce a new host of questions that simply add on to the questions that you left unresolved when you escaped in the first place?
Doing the work in front of you is the only way to address what’s going on
Consider what you’re feeling when you want to get away from it all. Are you scared? Overwhelmed? Extremely anxious? These are all signs. They’re telling you something. Ignoring them won’t make them go away. In fact, pushing something into the background usually just makes it come back with a vengeance.
But if you start to consider what’s in front of you not as a threat to be escaped, but as a challenge to be overcome, your mindset will shift. And with a stronger mindset, it doesn’t matter where in the world you are. You’ll see things in a new light. A bright light.
Because “getting away” is a temporary feeling.
Doing the work in front of you and strengthening your mindset leads to long-term resilience and success.
It’s only natural to want to push away uncomfortable feelings and experiences, to escape everything by any means necessary. It can require a tremendous amount of courage to stay put and face what you’re dealing with. But I’ve found that it’s worth the effort. Go easy an yourself, though. And reach out to me or to others if you need help.
With respect and admiration,
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