Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Stuck, No Luck?

Remember, when you're stuck, sometimes it has little to do with external situations, although that may be what is apparent. When you're stuck, it often has to do with an area of growth that has been untended. Something in you needs to grow, and you've been resisting it. You've pushed it aside, you've put it on the backburner, you've even forgotten about it, you've never even considered it. There's something happening that is putting you into that place of stuckness and forcing you into a position where you have to grow if you want to get out from the stuck place. This is never a pleasant realization because growth takes work. It takes a lot of work. Sometimes months in, and months out. It could even be years. It's something that requires patience and persistence, and a lot of hard work.

There will be times where you won't know where to grow, and other times you won't know how to grow. Sometimes you prove your mettle just by putting one foot in front of the other. You have to sit down and you have to look real hard in the mirror, and you have to ask, "What have I been avoiding? What have I been putting all my life energies into avoiding? Where have I been building up walls when I could have been growing gardens?"

Find out where you have been hiding, from yourself. The Gods don't want us to hide. They want us to be strong and proud, and public with who we are. Now, that's not to let go of discretion. There are times, and places, and situations where we must be discrete, and there are times for retreats, even extended ones, but when it gets to the point that everything is stuck and nothing is moving, then we need to take a hard look at ourselves and re-evaluate.

Spirituality takes hard work. It's often the un-funnest game in town. That's not to say that it's puritanical or that we are forbidden rewards, pleasures, and enjoyments. No, sometimes it's hard work to enjoy ourselves, and it's a law of natural consequences. Luck and pleasure are thrown our way as natural consequences for growing. This life is about becoming mature. Becoming mature and rich and fully fruited. Ripe.

Don't let the easy appearance of fruit trees fool you. It takes a lot of work for those trees to grow that fruit. It takes a lot of work for each branch to grow its individual fruit, and the immature part of yourself is going to be like the kid in the back seat constantly asking, "Are we there yet? Are we there yet? Is the fruit ripe? Is it sweet enough for us to eat? Are we there yet?" And you have to have the patience to say, "Not yet. Keep growing, keep growing."

Think about it this way : where you are stuck, you are the one obstructing the flow of luck, and so, you have to take the time to get out of its way.


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