For years, I’ve told others (and tried to convince myself) that the only way to confront a problem is to just walk through it. With a big stick. Beat it into submission. Obviously, this is easier said than done.
I used to be a Chronic Cringer — every time I was faced with some unpleasantness, I cringed and shied away from it. I could deal with it another day. That made me Queen of Procrastination, something I still work on, but I’m getting much better about it.
In the past ten years I’ve walked through some pretty big fires. Infernos, in fact. It forced me, in many instances, to grab a problem by the throat and choke the life out of it. It leaves you with a strength and builds confidence you might not otherwise have. If I can deal with this, I can deal with anything.
Are you skirting around issues in your life right now? Are you side-stepping the inevitable? Can you find a way to grasp some thistle boldly, watch it crumble, and be done with it?