Can we just take a minute to be grateful for the gorgeous weekend we had here in New York! Alex and I spent it outdoors. We got outside early Saturday morning and started cleaning up the yard. We employed the use of the dump truck and wood chipper to chop up all of the branches that had fallen throughout this long winter. This was quite a project, it took a lot of work but after 4 hours we completed getting the bulk of the larger branches out of the yard. As Alex was trying to maneuver the dump truck back up to the garage he hit really soft ground and both the dump truck and the chipper began to sink into the mud. The more that Alex hit the gas and tried to get out, the deeper the tires seemed to go. Eventually after realizing that he was not going to be able to get out of this situation on his own, he enlisted some extra hands and the tractor. The truck and the chipper were unhitched from each other and the tractor was hitched to each piece separately. Only then were each of the machines able to be pulled out of the mud. The aftermath…very large ruts all over the ground where the machines got stuck.
Often times I think we go through the same thing in the course of “doing life”. Whether it is at work, home, in a relationship or something else we often work really hard to form something, create something, wipe a new slate only to feel stuck in the mire once we have reached that place. We don’t know necessarily what the next step is. We created the beautiful thing but it is not going where we envisioned it would be. We formed a new relationship but somewhere along the line it stopped growing. We get to the place in our life where we always wanted to be only to find that the door in front of us is closed. You are not alone! When we feel stuck in the mire, sinking deeper and deeper when we try to get out we need to stop gunning the as pedal and stop to evaluate the situation. Maybe you have to enlist someone to assess your situation from an outside perspective. Maybe you need to sit down and have a hard conversation with yourself. But there is a way out and once you get out the ruts will heal.
“He lifted me out of the slimy pit, out of the mud and mire; he set my feet on a rock and gave me a firm place to stand.”