Are you stuck? Can’t seem to move on? Writer’s block, artist’s block, midlife crisis, quarter-life crisis…
Don’t worry. That’s normal. We all go through a feeling of not knowing how to move forward sometimes.
But then, it doesn’t feel good, does it?
Whatever roadblock you’re in right now, fear not! There’s a way to get out of that sticky situation.
I’ll share with you three magic words.
Wash. Rinse. Repeat.
Just like shampooing your hair or washing your clothes.
First, you need to wash...
Wash away negativity, guilt, pride, that feeling of unworthiness, the cause of your immobility.
You may not know it yet, but there is a reason you can’t move on. Something is weighing you down, something is causing you to stay stuck. You need to find out that cause.
How do you remove dirt when you wash clothes? You soak it in with detergent until it becomes clean. Sometimes you rub it thoroughly with your hands.
When you are angry with someone or something, feel that anger and let it soak. When you are sad, feel that sadness. BUT – there should always be a time limit to feeling those feelings. Even with washing, there’s a time limit to soaking clothes. Otherwise, the clothes get destroyed.
After washing away every bit of negativity in your body, rinse it with prayer. Pray to God for Him to fully remove everything that’s weighing you down.
It's true that there are things that we have no control of - sometimes, that includes forgiveness.
No matter what we do, we can't seem to forgive people who've hurt us. Sometimes, it's ourselves that we can't forgive.
A good priest once told me, "Don't be too hard on yourself when you can't forgive. You won't be able to do it alone anyway. Pray to God for Him to help you forgive...and in His perfect time, you'll find peace."
And finally, repeat...
There will be times when anger, sadness, mistakes, and other things that cause you to stay stuck reappear in your life.
But because we already know the formula, we just need to repeat the process.
We need to keep going back to God because with Him is where we truly belong.