I think we all feel trapped now and then—sometimes often.
Most of the traps that we find ourselves in are too often of our own making. Among other things, we can feel trapped by illness, physical disability and lack of money. Some of the traps have physical components, but many are purely emotional (at least initially)—–psychological traps. It is these psychological traps that require us to “re-invent” ourselves in order to move ourselves out of a rut. The physical world requires a different kind of re-invention—-often with some degree of “accommodation.”
The most difficult traps are the ones were we can’t tell the difference. Sometimes what starts out as a “psychological” issue creates physical problems that mask the original issue—-or at least take our “attention” away from the original issue. In a way it is easier to come to grips with the confinements of our physical selves than it is to deal with the confinements of our psychological selves. While we might rebel against our physical constraints, it is easier to understand, accept or accommodate to them than it is to accept the “ghosts” and “boogie-men” in our lives. Some people refuse to accept their physical limitations as well. We here stories all the time about how that refusal lands them on top of mountains that many “normal” people would never attempt.
Our physical traps are like this barbed wire fence that has been trapped for years and yet still functions as a fence. The point is, that it still functions.
Our mental traps can prevent us from functioning at all—or at levels well below our full potential—we call this Hell on Earth. So, we must always be willing to re-invent ourselves in order to not be the barbed wire—-in order to get us to the top of the mental-mountains that others don’t dare scale.
The mind is not like concrete and barbed wire—–it can go down any road it chooses—-it is the “choosing” part that is the difficult part. Most people think the “problem” is the problem—-but it really isn’t. Even “choosing” the path we are currently on, can help us move to another path later on. I find most people would just as soon not choose the path they are on—-that is called denial.
Don’t allow yourself to be fenced in.
Charles Buell, Seattle Home Inspector
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