February 23, 2015


Who hasn’t felt that way at one time or another?  Everyone gets it.  No one likes it. We all know that feeling of being stuck, unable to get out, hemmed in, trapped.  There are times when we find ourselves trapped between a rock and a hard place, and when we do, our first reaction is usually to try to get out.  Now!  Alarm sets in and the flailing begins, as we look for any and every way out of the place in which we are wedged.


What if we aren’t stuck at all?  What if we are lodged in tight so that we might stop and ponder rather than  struggle and panic?  What if it is a resting place to gather our strength and prepare ourselves for what comes next? And when ready to move forward, what if the rock is that against which we can steady ourselves?  What if it prevents us from backsliding and losing hard-won ground?  What if when ready to move forward, that rock, hewn from our experiences and lessons learned, is that against which we are able to lean as we push against the hard place in front of us.


What if that hard place is exactly the strength training necessary to equip us for that which lies ahead? As we push into the hard, steadied by the rock, we make our way.  Onward and upward.  Which is the opposite of stuck.



4 Responses to “Stuck”

  1. David Berry Says:

    Yes. A quote that has emerged recently as a new favorite is by Andy Goldsworthy. “Real change is best understood by staying in one place.” When we are “stuck” we are not immovable, we are just not ready to move because we haven’t learned enough about what “here” is trying to reach us. Thanks, Molly. Keep ’em coming.

  2. Great quote David. It adds another dimension to the purpose of that place within which we find ourselves. Is it time to begin to push on, or stay put? Thank you.

  3. Bridget Says:

    Once again Molly, your words of wisdom lend me just what I need. What a great reminder that there is no pressure to change immediately but to learn about being in the present and the lessons of “here” and now- like David mentioned until we are genuinely ready to move forward with change.

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