Getting Unstuck

“I can’t believe this!!” Its 4:30 in the afternoon, I am in the western section of Colorado hours from civilization and I am stuck. Tires spin, mud flies, but forward progress is just a dream.

No problem; I open the back of my SUV to retrieve my shovel, jack, and other recovery gear. Uh –oh, this is not good!! The cargo area is completely empty! I took everything, & I mean everything, out because I shampooed the cargo area. This joyride was just an impromptu trip and wasn’t supposed to be an epic off-road adventure.

We were enjoying the scenic views and found a dirt road and just had to take it.  Now here I am about 2 hours of daylight left,  no recovery tools and stuck. This short fun ride just took a turn for the worse.

At first I became worried about the sun setting and being stuck in the wilderness overnight without provisions. That quickly turned to “I need to get out of here”.  I tried logs, rocks, and finally it was some odd combination that included using all 4 floor mats that finally got me on solid ground.

I love this story because I’ve often found myself stuck in life and bemoaning the situation. It’s not fun, but there’s something about complaining. Maybe it’s the attention, the validation, who knows.

Like the real stuck scenario above, if I would’ve wasted time complaining about being stuck, asking how did this happen, why am I being punished, why did this happen to me, etc. I would’ve been stuck there all night. No food, no water, and no blankets at 10,000 feet would have made me another preventable statistic.

But I didn’t focus on all that useless hyperbole. I focused on getting out! I didn’t make excuses about not having what I needed. I just used everything I could get my hands on, did whatever it took and extracted myself.

Back to the real world……If I would apply that same diligence to the “stucks” in my life, I’d be much further ahead.  That evening in the mountains, my main concern was escaping a freezing night without supplies. In real life, the stakes are just as life changing, just maybe not as apparent. Or we don’t view them as critical as they really are.

For me, it’s time  to look where I’m “stuck” in my life and stop making excuses, stop complaining, and stop wondering why. It’s time to do whatever it takes to move forward and get back on the road of life.