Occasionally I reach the point when I despair of parts of my life. Not all parts, mind you - in lots of ways a lot of things seem to be going as well as they ever have right now. Some of the semi-important ones actually, which is always a good thing.
But somehow there always seem to be the outliers. And sometimes they are very important.
What does one do in such situations? Especially when they are some of the critical things of life?
I have tried various approaches: pretending that I could just work around those particular areas. Wandering off into my imagination to find worlds where such problems did not exist. Gritting my teeth and attempting to just work through it. Trying to be optimistic that things were going to change and get better.
The reality, of course, is that none of these approaches will actually work. Why? Because the fail to deal with the underlying problem (the "root cause", as we so often call them at work). So the solution would seem fairly easy, right? Just deal with the root cause.
So why can I not do that?
Some of them, of course, are circumstances outside of my control where I can only partially address causes but perhaps not the main cause - for example, I can be the best worker in the world and do what I can, but my ability to get promoted or get another job ultimately rest on factors that I cannot control.
But some of them remain fully within my control. Yet I fail to address them. Why?
Fear? Fear of what? Certainly nothing I am going to confront is anything close to causing my death. Fear of discomfort then? Yes, perhaps that - but is discomfort any worse than the un-comfort I feel now?
The fact remains that something needs to be done. The clarity and flowing water that is moving through some parts of my life is only exposing the remaining stones more clearly.