Have you ever been stuck in life??? You’re not moving forward and maybe even backwards? Here’s some ideas for getting UN-STUCK so you can keep moving forward.
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Hey Friend, welcome! In this series I share how I overcame obstacles and ventured out on my first few kayak excursions. There were victories, mishaps, danger, glorious moments as well as some great life lessons learned along the way. In the end I climbed the mountain of doubt and uncertainty and gained confidence and achievement. I hope to inspire you to go after your own dreams with courage and creativity to make them happen. Life is too short to only wish for the life you long for. Instead, pick up that dream, dust it off, and start living it.
This is post 6 of 13 in the First Kayaking Adventures Series: The View from My Kayak.
If you haven’t had a chance to read my previous posts #1, #2 , #3, #4, and #5 in this series you may want to check them out too!
See the end of this post for a navigation guide to all posts in this series.
I Was Stuck
I felt the bottom of my kayak skid to a stop on the top of a submerged mudbank far from shore in Utah Lake. I was stuck! Here I was, all alone in my kayak for the first time at Utah Lake, stopped in my tracks with murky water surrounding my kayak and the shoreline far in the distance.
Earlier, I’d explored the lower Provo River before it dumps into Utah Lake and kayaked around reeds to get up close to congregations of seagulls near the shore.
My kayak glided over clear water as I passed into the lake from the river.
But further from shore, the water took on it’s notorious Utah Lake murkiness. I couldn’t tell how shallow the water was. I soon found out it was VERY shallow.
Far from shore it seemed deep because I couldn’t see the bottom.
Just as I maneuvered through clumps of stiff reeds heading back to shore, I hit the submerged sand bank and started sticking to the muddy bottom.
No problem, I thought.
It Was a Problem
I first paddled hard to get some momentum, hoping to glide over the immersed bank below me.
Then I paddled fiercely while lifting my rear end up off the seat and laying back across my kayak to displace my weight evenly. I’m sure I looked absurd!
When that didn’t work I dug my paddles into the mud in an attempt to push my way off the bank using sheer determination.
I didn’t get very far.
I was STUCK and unable to move on.
I realized I’d have to stand up, put my feet in frigid water, and step out of the boat. In order to get moving again I’d have to leave the comfort of my kayak and pull it to deeper, flowing water.
Even with the shore in sight and shallow water, I still felt out in the belly of the lake and I didn’t want to step out to drag my kayak off the mud bank. For some reason that made me feel dreadfully uncomfortable – mud squishing into my toes through my open water shoes, cold water freezing me to my ankles. Just the idea of getting out of my kayak in the middle of that marshy wetland was unnerving. I didn’t want to leave the comfort of my boat.
But I did it.
And it wasn’t so bad.
The Life Lessons I Learned
Once back in my kayak paddling happily upstream into the Provo River towards the boat ramp, I thought about how like life that silly experience was:
- Sometimes we’re stuck in our lives. We’re not progressing or moving forward. Maybe we’re even going in the wrong direction! Have you ever felt like that? Could that be where you are right now?
- We try to get moving again by shifting a few things in our lives. Maybe we make some little habit changes here and there. Maybe we adjust our priorities. And sometimes that’s all we need. But in some cases it’s not. We still feel stuck.
- When little changes don’t fix the problem, in desperation we frantically dig in, trying to free ourselves through sheer determination and effort to make things better on our own. We work harder, pray harder, yell louder 🙂 But nothing changes and we are still stuck.
There are times when a GREATER CHANGE is required to finally be free and able to move on. We have to do something different than everything else we’ve tried to this point. Sometimes we have to GET OUT OF OUR BOATS, get out of our comfortable places where we’re stuck and drag ourselves to a completely different location. To have a complete fresh start and new beginning.
Maybe it’s deciding to go back to school.
Maybe it’s starting that passion project that keeps prodding.
Maybe it’s seeking outside-help for addictions or trauma.
Maybe it’s a change in character or heart.
How I Get Un-Stuck
When I feel stuck in my life, when things aren’t right, the one source I can always rely on is The Lord Jesus Christ. When I finally decide to stop my frenzied, lonely, ineffective efforts and step out of my comfortable circumstance into the Living Waters of the Savior I’m given grace and capacity to make changes that lead to freedom and progression.
Jesus Christ is my answer to getting un-stuck in life.
After all, The Atonement of Jesus Christ is all about change.
“The word for repentance in the Greek New Testament is metanoeo. The prefix meta- means “change.” The suffix -noeo is related to Greek words that mean “mind,” “knowledge,” “spirit,” and “breath.”
Thus, when Jesus asks you and me to “repent,” He is inviting us to change our mind, our knowledge, our spirit—even the way we breathe. He is asking us to change the way we love, think, serve, spend our time… teach our children, and even care for our bodies.
Nothing is more liberating, more ennobling, or more crucial to our individual progression than is a regular, daily focus on repentance. Repentance is not an event; it is a process. It is the key to happiness and peace of mind. When coupled with faith, repentance opens our access to the power of the Atonement of Jesus Christ.” ~Russell M. Nelson
How do I use Christ’s Atonement to get un-stuck?
It’s really just the process of repentance:
Pray to see myself and my life as it really is. To be able to discern truth.
Listen humbly for the clarity I’ve asked for, with intent to change according to what I learn.
When I see where I need to change, I pray for forgiveness and for the Grace of God to help me change.
I get to work. I act with intent on accomplishing the change God guided me to. Even if it’s hard or scary.
Keep relying on God through prayer and obedience to have strength to continue on my new path.
You Can Get Un-Stuck Too
Hey Friend, if you ever feel stuck in the belly of a lake where the only option left is to leave your boat – take big action and make uncomfortable change – be strong and of good courage. Although the sting of the freezing water may feel intolerable, taking that action will be worth it. You then can pull yourself to where the water is clear and flowing. Make the needed change and you’ll be amazed at the relief and empowerment you’ll feel as your life is once again heading in the right direction.
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Read the rest of the articles in this series:
- Pick Up that Dream, Dust it Off, and Start Living It! My Story of Choosing to Live My Dream.
- First Solo Kayak Trip: 3 Steps to Start Living Your Dream
- Close Call to Catastrophe and What I Learned When Things Went Wrong .
- Payson Lakes in the Fall: Finding Places of Connection and Wholeness
- 3 Life Lessons I Learned Paddling Provo River Alone for the First Time
- Paddling Utah Lake: Getting Un-Stuck in Life
- Kayaking the Great Salt Lake: Paddling through a Sea of Clouds
- I Blame Them for this Crazy Obsession
- Chasing the Sun to Sand Hollow Day 1: Why Sand Hollow is One of the Best Kayak Destinations in Utah
- Getting Past Panic at Sand Hollow Reservoir
- Chasing the Sun to Sand Hollow Day 2: The Joy of Being Surprised by the Unexpected
- The One Thing That Makes it Possible to PursueYour Dreams
- Life Seasons: Six Things You Can Do Right Now When Your Dream Feels Out of Reach