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THURSDAY’S THOUGHTS (On a Friday): Feeling Stuck

by Sarah on August 17th, 2012

I’ve been feeling quite disorganised lately, and so decided that this week was all about sorting things out. On Wednesday I re-created myself a fabulous mini home office. Feeling really proud of myself, I sat at my desk on Thursday morning, ready to tackle all the work that I badly needed to do. But what did I discover? That our internet was down. ‘No problem’, I thought, ‘I’ll just use my 3G card’. Ha, it wasn’t working either! No matter what I tried or who I called, I couldn’t get either going. I’d finally got myself to a point where I actually felt organised, yet here was another thing blocking my path, and there was NOTHING I could do about it. I felt completely frustrated.  I felt stuck.

I was reminded of a section in one of Lily’s and my favourite books by Dr Seuss, called “Oh, the places you’ll go!” It says:

“I’m sorry to say so

but, sadly, it’s true

that Bang-ups

and Hang-ups

can happen to you.

You can get all hung up

in a prickle-ly perch.

And your gang will fly on

You’ll be left in a Lurch.

You’ll come down from the Lurch

with an unpleasant bump.

And the chances are, then,

that you’ll be in a Slump.

And when you’re in a Slump,

you’re not in for much fun.

Un-slumping yourself

is not easily done.”

It was just one of those days where I couldn’t understand why things weren’t working when I’d put so much in effort into making sure that they did. But, what I decided to do was un-slump myself. I couldn’t do any of the things that I’d planned to do because they all involved the internet, so I decided to find other things which didn’t need it. And very soon, I found myself as busy as ever, finally getting to things which I’d been putting off for ages. In the end, I had a super productive day, and I probably achieved more than I would’ve if things just went easily.

What it made me remember is that we can’t control everything, and that sometimes, it might actually be a good thing to find oneself stuck, in a hang-up or even a slump. Because it gives us the chance to look at things from a different angle, or to tackle things which we just didn’t feel like doing. This is such an important lesson for us to learn as parents, and for us to pass on to our kids. In a nutshell, finding yourself to be stuck is sometimes a blessing in disguise, and it’s how you handle it that counts :)