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  • Ami Adler

Sitting in Discomfort

The Background:

I took this shot in Zion National Park in Utah just as a snowstorm was coming in. This was such a unique moment with the combination of the white clouds, the dark storm clouds coming in, as well as the beautiful light hitting the branches in front of me. There was so much drama in this moment as the weather conditions were changing along with the light and color in the scene.

The Message:

When we encounter moments of drama in our lives, one of the most difficult things for us to do is to just sit in the moment. We want to fast forward to see the results or the outcome - or we want to jump in and start problem-solving (even if this just creates the perception of progress). But sometimes, the best thing we can do is to wait patiently. Often our first response is counter-productive – we may turn to behaviors that make us feel better in the moment but cause us long term pain – or we may react in the heat of the moment with words or actions that cause those around us to suffer. Sitting in the pain, the discomfort or the boredom is often the healthiest response – it allows us to consider our next steps or to recognize that we just have to wait and there is nothing we can do to control things. This is not an easy realization, but it is one of the most powerful tools we can learn to use in our lives.

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