I feel the turbulence in our daily lives. Current events make it feel as if there are two choices in life. Bad and Worse. There are many times in my life I can remember feeling this way. As if the only choices left up to me are limited and, well, awful. I am thus left with the task of choosing which awful thing I want to experience. Sometimes this might be the reality. Sometimes it seems as if the only options are are hard; choices that make us decide which scenario contributes less to our ultimate suffering. More often than not, however, I have found that there is a hidden choice (or several!) This hidden choice can be uncovered by thought, communication and introspection. When we calm our minds and hearts, when we open ourselves to possibility, we begin to see solutions to problems that never occurred to us. Solutions that transcend the “bad to worse” mentality and actually offer kindness, compassion and joy. Hey, sometimes a stumbling stone is just a rock. But sometimes that rock is a stepping stone. An opportunity to get to know ourselves better, to get inquisitive, to ask more questions and seek deeper to find the answers.
Next time you are faced with a “lose-lose” situation, take a deep breath, clear your head, tune into your heart, and observe your situation as if from a distance. Maybe you will see something that was just out of sight before. Maybe that is just the answer you need.