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 one 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.”