what do you do when you're stuck?

We all get to that place sometimes.

Stuck.

Trapped.

Making no progress.

It's frustrating and crazy-making and anxiety-producing.

I've shared this poem by Philip Booth a couple of times before, and it remains one of the best answers I know to that question:  what do I do when I'm stuck?

 Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii

Kona Coast, Big Island, Hawaii

First Lesson

Lie back, daughter, let your head

be tipped back in the cup of my hand.

Gently, and I will hold you.  Spread

your arms wide, lie out on the stream

and look high at the gulls.  A dead-

man's-float is face down.  You will dive

and swim soon enough where this tidewater

ebbs to the sea.  Daughter, believe

me, when you tire on the long thrash

to your island, lie up, and survive.

As you float now, where I held you

and let go, remember when fear

cramps your heart what I told you:

lie gently and wide to the light-year

stars, lie back, and the sea will hold you.

--Philip Booth

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