I’ll admit, I’ve always driven my vehicles a bit like Mack trucks. Even when I had a Ford Festiva (or a pregnant roller skate as my dad used to joke), I’d push lumber all the way to the dash, tie the hatch shut, and basically use that little box on wheels like a pickup truck. Get stuck in snow? In that car it was no problem, I could just about shove it out of a drift myself.
Of course my cars have gotten bigger out of necessity (I drive a Kia Sportage now, and frequently lay down the back seat and load it for moving, lumber, horse feed, etc.) and now that I am not strong enough to rock them out of a snow drift, well, a lot of times, it’s a matter of going into reverse and seeing if I rock myself back out of the situation.
In real life we don’t want to go into reverse. We want to keep moving forward, but sometimes, we just get stuck.
I had a situation like that recently. I’d opened up some emotional and spiritual space and was moving forward in drive, cruising down the interstate to my dreams. Then, something happened, and like sliding into a snow bank, I was stuck! Or so I thought?Okay, so for a couple of days, I was awash in “this sucks” and “why did this happen?”, but then I realized what bothered me most was the perception that I once again was “stuck”. I wasn’t, and as soon as I realized that and I made a plan to move forward, the “stuck” feeling went away.
So what can you do if you think that you’re stuck?
Take action! Don’t throw yourself in reverse and try to back out of it. We’ll lose important ground and progress that way. Instead, be light and nimble, like my little Festiva, and bounce your way out of it. Sure, it might not be pretty, and it might be scary at times, but soon clear road will be in front of you and you can cruise to the future.
Unlike cars, being stuck is a mental state. And yes, we do create our reality, but that means we can change it just as easily. A car stuck in a snow drift might need help getting free. And we might, too. So seek allies in your quest for progress. And most of all, move forward. As anyone who has driven in a Midwest winter can tell you, moving forward at a crawl is far better than being stuck in a snow drift.