Struggling with the Obvious

Imagine yourself in front of a pool. It’s one of those hot and humid days where the sole idea of putting on clothes to go out makes you even sweatier.

You’re so close to the pool yet you can’t jump in. The water is too cold and you’re too hot.

It sounds like the silliest thing but I’m sure I can’t be the only one to have had that problem.

The “I want to jump in the pool but I can’t” dilemma.

I’m not the best swimmer as you can imagine.

I always envied those people who just went in the water. Head first. They didn’t even know a dilemma existed.

I don’t know if those same people live life head-first, acting on impulse, starting projects and jumping out of planes but I bet they are.

So much of our dilemmas are the “jump in the pool” kind or as I like to call it; “struggling with the obvious”.

People want to lose weight and be healthy but they don’t want to eat fruits and vegetables, let alone exercise.

People want to stop smoking, yet they buy cigarettes.

I struggle with the obvious a lot. 

I want this and that, I know what I have to do. But, I just don’t do it.

It’s scary to face the cold water when you’ve been hot and sweaty for a long time.

It’s the same for all our dilemmas. The longer we contemplate the pool we have to jump into, the scarier it becomes.

Our long lived dreams, those we have held dear for years keep us warm, way too warm. It’s nice to hold on to them. It’s uncomfortable but we know where we stand, just like we know how it feels to be sweating next to a pool.

But we can’t stand the heat forever.

Whether we jump in head first or dip a toe in the cold water, we have to at some point.

You may not be the best swimmer but at least you’ll be cool.

Do you struggle with the obvious?

January 1st, the famous day where everyone that struggles with the obvious decides to do the obvious is coming soon.

What are you going to do about it?

I’d love to read your thoughts in the comments!


*Photo Credit: B B flickr Creative Commons 2.0


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