Big Toe in the Water

Do You Feel Stuck?

Right now, I feel a bit stuck. Are you feeling that at all, or is it just me?

Are you waiting for news on how your company is going to move forward, or waiting to see if your child’s summer camp will open this year? Maybe you’re trying to schedule a vacation for the first time in a long time and having trouble finalizing trip plans. Is your contractor returning your calls? Are you waiting to hear back from a client who seemed so interested in working with you? Are you trying to determine whether to hold that meeting in person, virtually or make it hybrid, and still waiting for insight from the decision maker?

This “stuck” feeling happens to us all at some point, but right now it seems to be happening with everything at the same time. Frustrating? Yes!

It is so easy to list times from our past when we were actively Striving:

  • Wanting so much to make the team.
  • Wishing we were taller, thinner, older or stronger.
  • Praying we would get that good news – a college acceptance, a romantic proposal, a positive pregnancy test.
  • Hoping that the fifth interview was the last and they’d realize we were perfect for the job.

Those seconds, minutes, hours of waiting seemed like years.

One of the attitudes we cultivate with a Mindfulness practice is “Non-Striving.”

So, when I feel this desire, this urge to have life move faster, I take note of it. Like you, I have been here before. I know that the only thing that will bring me some relief is really embracing my Mindfulness practice.

Actively Letting-Go when I notice myself worrying about the future, remembering to Trust the process and let things play out, and having the Patience to know that this too shall pass.

And then I’ll read this poem I’ve cherished for decades that has helped me get through so many of these Striving moments.




If you can keep your head when all about you   

    Are losing theirs and blaming it on you,   

If you can trust yourself when all men doubt you,

    But make allowance for their doubting too;   

If you can wait and not be tired by waiting,

    Or being lied about, don’t deal in lies,

Or being hated, don’t give way to hating,

    And yet don’t look too good, nor talk too wise:


If you can dream—and not make dreams your master;   

    If you can think—and not make thoughts your aim;   

If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster

    And treat those two impostors just the same;   

If you can bear to hear the truth you’ve spoken

    Twisted by knaves to make a trap for fools,

Or watch the things you gave your life to, broken,

    And stoop and build ’em up with worn-out tools:


If you can make one heap of all your winnings

    And risk it on one turn of pitch-and-toss,

And lose, and start again at your beginnings

    And never breathe a word about your loss;

If you can force your heart and nerve and sinew

    To serve your turn long after they are gone,   

And so hold on when there is nothing in you

    Except the Will which says to them: ‘Hold on!’


If you can talk with crowds and keep your virtue,   

    Or walk with Kings—nor lose the common touch,

If neither foes nor loving friends can hurt you,

    If all men count with you, but none too much;

If you can fill the unforgiving minute

    With sixty seconds’ worth of distance run,   

Yours is the Earth and everything that’s in it,   

    And—which is more—you’ll be a Man, my son!

Above Photo credit: Aubrey Odom on Unsplash 

Harriet Stein brings Mindfulness Programs to organizations of all sizes to transform employee productivity, engagement, and satisfaction.


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