I think we’ve all faced those defining moments in our lives when the overwhelm hit us square in the face, and we were paralyzed into inactivity.
Like the proverbial deer caught in high beams or the headlight of that oncoming freight train of issues about to plow into us.
First thought. Get the h*ll off this track and let that sucker fly on by.
When fight or flight kicks in, a lot of us aren’t going to stick around too long. At that moment, the title of Margaret Mitchell’s Gone with the Wind takes a whole new meaning, doesn’t it?
Yeah, life has a way of rushing at you, sometimes battering you senseless, and you find yourself wanting it to stop for a second so you can catch your breath, just for a minute, so you can think.
And then you tell yourself, “jump off the freaking track stupid. Just back away and turtle up.”
The problem with jumping off the track when life’s challenges come speeding along is that it’s not like the train will pass by, and we’ll never see it again. That sucker is on a long looping oval track, and the minute we step back on the rails, it’s going to come at us again.
And again, and again.
And again, until we finally deal with the problem once and for all. I’m sorry to tell you folks, but unfortunately, I had to learn this the hard way.
I’d be willing to guess a lot of us did.
Sometimes life keeps rushing at us so fast we discover we’re neck-deep in overwhelm. Multitudes of problems and issues we have to deal with that just seem overpowering and impossible to manage.
Yeah, ain’t life a handful sometimes?
But as the subtitle infers, maybe jumping off the tracks at the first sign of that oncoming freight train jammed with problems isn’t such a great idea. So if we plan on staying put and standing our ground, what’s next?
Yeap, we have to tackle the problem. Now, tackling the issue doesn’t necessarily mean we’re going to resolve it entirely on this first go-round. Maybe we only get to address a few of the minor problems, so we can keep this problem from bowling us over again.
Maybe, more than likely, this problem will come round the track again, ah, but here’s where it gets kind of cool. The second iteration of this speeding freight train of a problem won’t be half as big as the first one was.
Not only that, instead of jumping off the track, we took that beast on the first time. We stood right there and fought back at that sucker. We know how that problem rolls, and we already know what we need to do to beat that puppy into the ground.
And when we do, we rip the heart from its chest while it’s still beating and take a bite of it. Then scream bloodcurdling screams of victory.
Uh, sorry. Watched Dances With Wolves again last night.
Okay, we at least dance a happy dance. But the time for celebratory heart muscle eating or happy dancing is shortlived because why? Here comes that d*mned train again, rushing at you with an entire set of additional problems we have to deal with.
It takes a ton of courage to stand on the track of life and watch a plethora of issues and problems bearing down on our butts.
And for many years, I often folded like a cheap lawn chair each time life handed my butt to me on a platter.
Many of you who know me understand I ain’t the sharpest tool in the shed. But even I, after getting my a*s handed to me several times and flattened by trains after oncoming trains of problems, learned to deal with them when they hit me.
Yeah, one at a time and sometimes I tried multitasking (and failed), but instead of jumping off the track and letting that train load up some more issues and come round the bend again, I began to fight back.
And I began to win.
Yeah, I still trembled in fright each time I had to make a decision that would impact the h*ll out of my family and me, but I went ahead and made the decision anyway, dealt with the outcome, and lived to fight again.
My granddaddy had a saying I learned to appreciate only after years of standing up to these speeding locomotives of issues and problems.
“You pays your money and you takes your choice.”
Folks, I know this is hard as h*ll to do sometimes. D*mned hard, especially when the overwhelm happens and You.Just.Need.To.Breath.For.A.Minute.
But I’m here to tell you all, that single minute just before your knees buckle and you feel about to succumb can become your defining moment. A single moment in your life where you refuse to jump off the track and let the problem just get bigger and bigger.
What you discover is that you’re much stronger than you thought, much braver than you believed and a ton smarter than you would have ever thought possible.
But we all have a choice. When problems and issues come rushing at us like a speeding locomotive, we can choose to step off the track and let the items pass us by.
If even for this go-round. We’ll catch this on the next loop-d-loop.
But something we need to remember.
Jumping out of the way is probably something we shouldn’t do for very long.
These problems of ours, if left undealt with have a nasty tendency to grow in monstrous proportions. I don’t know about you, but I don’t think I want to wait until they get bigger than Godzilla before I take a shot at them.
Unless you’re Mothra, of course, and then maybe you have a fighting chance.
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