Making it Through the Storm

What do you do when you face a situation so dire, you are sure you simply can’t get through it? I bet we can all think of at least 379841717one time, whether in our work life or home life, that this has been the case.  If you’re a library director, it might be a sudden and devastating loss in funding, or a public campaign against a certain title or type of material in your collection. In your personal life, it might be the loss of a job, the end of a cherished relationship, or even the loss of a family member. What do you do?

If you’re like me, your first inclination might be to curl up and hope to die. And some situations are so unthinkable no one will blame you. But after curling up for a few days, you probably won’t die, so then what do you do? Don’t you have to try to pick yourself up and move on? The Only Way Out of Fear is Through (from Gail Sheehy’s Daring Project) really resonated with me. You can use skiing down a mountain in a snowstorm, or whatever other visual that helps you, as a metaphor to help you get through. “Sometimes life doesn’t afford you the luxury of knowing what to do, but don’t let that stop you.”

 

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4 Responses to Making it Through the Storm

  1. handikwani02 says:

    The immediate reaction is to curl up in bed and wish the circumstances gone, but it does not work like that as you rightly point out. I guess the curling up and wishing the situation gone is a way of getting to grips with what has happned which you may not
    have anticipated it is also a way of accepting that it can not be changed. After that initial shock the only way is to do something about it.There is no book of words to give you step by step instruction to deal with your problem, you alone have to find ways of dealing with it. In my case I used that difficult situation as a springboard to greater things, I am glad I did because now I am in a much better place than I would I have been if I had just curled up and cried. Thank you for this post.

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  2. There is a great quote, I think Winston Churchhill. He says, ‘if you’re going through hell, keep going’. X

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  3. Wow, thanks for the great link!

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