Do you feel “stuck” in any way? In your career? Emotionally? Health-wise? Relationally?
Last week I had the surprise “honor” of getting my car stuck in the snow.
I had just dropped off my kids at the bus stop and decided to try to make my way up the bank as I had done many days before…Except this time there was snow. I had a new vehicle with 4 wheel drive, so I thought I was fine…Until I started slipping backwards! I learned later that the entire bus saw the whole thing, which was a little embarrassing to my kids (but hey, all kids need a good dose of embarrassment every so often!).
My vehicle ended up getting wedged between two rocks on the left side, and I didn’t feel confident about maneuvering over them, so I just waited. I waited ’til the bus left and all the other cars went on their way. Then I tried a little more on my own, to no avail and then decided to call for help. Unfortunately, Don was away on business in Chicago, so I was on my own.
I saw that my oldest son Gabe had texted and called to make sure I was okay. I called him back, and I think I would get stuck all over again to hear the love and concern and maturity from him.
He asked if I was okay and if I needed him to come back to help. I said I was fine, and he said, “Are you sure? I could be there in an hour.” I don’t know what he was planning, but I figured he thought he could get off at the next bus stop and run home or get off in Breck and take the Summit Stage back home to come to my rescue. Regardless, I kinda got choked up knowing that he really meant it and would do it if I needed him to.
But I was fine. I knew I would get unstuck. Just wasn’t exactly sure how.
Well, long story short, while I was waiting for my friend who lived up the road, another gentleman in a huge truck came by and asked if I needed help. Another man had asked before, and I made the mistake of saying that someone was on their way. This time, I said, “Yes, please!”
He assessed the situation and told me how to move my wheels. He got down on his belly and moved the big rock around the front wheel, told me to just roll right over the big rock behind me, and Voila, I was free! It was the best feeling in the world!!!! I wanted to roll right back up the hill in my excitement, but used my better judgment and took the regular route and made it back home.
I couldn’t tell you how happy and grateful I was to just be back home with my car in the garage. Such a mundane thing that meant the world to me!
And it just got me thinking about the whole concept of being “stuck” in life. Usually it’s not your car. Often it’s our emotions, finances, or health. Or our dreams and pursuits.
Have you ever felt like that? Like you just weren’t sure what to do next? You’ve been trying lots of solutions but not really making any progress forward.
Here are a couple things I was reminded of in my own experience:
- When feeling stuck, always believe there is a way out. I knew my car would not stay there forever. I believed it could be moved. I just wasn’t sure how.
- Ask for help. There are people who know more than you do. Who have gone before you. Who know which way to turn the wheels and who are strong enough to move those rocks in your way. Accept their help. And look for ways to repay them back tenfold in gratitude.
- Appreciate those who care. Often during those hard, “stuck” times, the ones who love you express their care and concern. Have eyes to appreciate them and remind yourself that you are not alone. Gabe made my day that morning.
- Learn from your “mistakes.” If there was a decision in particular or a pattern of habits that got you stuck, don’t go back and do that again! Why get stuck AGAIN? Embrace your freedom and use it to go after bigger and better things in life.
We have a long winter ahead of us. I can’t guarantee that I won’t get stuck again somewhere, but I know that I won’t get stuck in that same spot, that’s for sure!
If you’re feeling stuck somehow in life, and there’s a way that I can help – please reach out and let me know. Maybe I can offer the wisdom or perspective that can get you moving in the right direction again – or just the care and concern to remind you that you are not alone. Happy to help!
4 thoughts on “Stuck?”
Love, love, love this post!!! Such a great TRUE story, Sonya! Haha.
And how sweet of Gabe to call you and ask if you wanted him to come back. That teared me up, in the sweetest way. 😊
I am actually stuck right now. I somehow pulled a muscle in my lower back yesterday. I am walking with a slight limp, even after a hour long epsom bath this morning. My allergies have got me down as well.
I just dropped Jazz off at school, so i am going to go back home and try and rest some more.
Fill your life with adventure and fun. It will keep you frisky and young.
Thanks, My-Cherie!! I sure hope your back can heal quickly! That is a tough spot to be! Maybe another visit to the chiropractor is in order! 😉
You always help people, including me, from our stuck places. Thanks for sharing something so cool from a total gaffe to schoolkids. They should have seen you problem solve to get the whole story!
Very good post mi amiga. Well said and I love the analogy, great visual aid for real life.
On Wed, Nov 15, 2017 at 12:15 AM Sonya Dalrymple wrote:
> Sonya Dalrymple posted: ” Do you feel “stuck” in any way? In your career? > Emotionally? Health-wise? Relationally? Last week I had the surprise > “honor” of getting my car stuck in the snow. I had just dropped off my kids > at the bus stop and decided to try to make my way up the b” >