Sticky Stuff

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You know how it is: something sticky gets on the kitchen floor and no matter what you do (spot cleaning the floor, wiping the bottom of your slippers) NOTHING gets rid of the sticky stuff that appears on your walking surface unless you do a thorough scrubbing & cleaning. (I know of what I speak as I had to do that just this morning.)

Life is like that as well: daily matters constantly go awry, what used to be the norm blows up into something unrecognizable, and what seemed to work before just doesn’t cut it any more.

Is it me who is at issue? Is it everyone else?

Let’s pretend it’s everyone else. Even if that is the case, there’s still nothing I can do to change everyone else so it’s up to me to adjust how I handle that very unlikely source of stickiness.

If it’s me, the onus is on me to figure out what is needed to attain a status quo with which I can once again be happy. If I don’t do something to change things up, I’ll continue to walk around with stickiness on my shoes, reminding me with every step that unless I get to the source of the sticky and eradicate it, I’m…well…stuck with it.

In a couple months, I will be 69 years of age. I have had many opportunities to examine what’s what when it comes to emotional and physical quality of life. Each and every time such an examination takes place, I have the option of pretending nothing is wrong, of pointing the finger at someone else, or being honest with myself – and therefore with others  – by making adjustments that will get rid of the gunk that insists on hanging around.

More often than not, I’ve settled on the third option and more often than not, such a plan has worked well to unstick my life. It isn’t always easy, but it’s always the right thing to do.

Assigning blame to others or other circumstances rarely provides an actionable benefit.

At least that has been my experience. What about you?




4 thoughts on “Sticky Stuff

    Jill Weatherholt said:
    March 21, 2022 at 10:01 am

    Getting stuck in our own sticky stuff is never fun. Thankfully, we can just as easily get unstuck. When I leave this world, I will only give an account of my life. Not the person I may have blamed for something I should have done something about. I’m responsible for me and only me. I enjoyed this, Irene!

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      Irene Olson responded:
      March 21, 2022 at 10:34 am

      Yep, when it all comes down to it, I’m the only person responsible for who I am and how I treat others. Thank you for reading, Jill!


    Don Desonier said:
    March 21, 2022 at 8:45 am

    Nice piece Irene! My experience is that the one action step that I can do, that I’m fully accountable for, and which is in my control, is simply taking care of MY side of the street.

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      Irene Olson responded:
      March 21, 2022 at 8:46 am

      That’s very good advice. Thanks for reading!


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