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I love how this post has just popped into my feed, stating just what I need to hear at the very moment I needed to hear (see) it. I've just become unstuck today from an unpleasant and uncomfortable work situation and was about to head down the road of "maybe I should have tried harder", "is this all my fault" etc. After reading I'm taking away that those questions are not as important as these sentences you wrote: "Paint a picture of reality that does't try to gloss over the painful parts. Be clear about what is and isn't working."
Time for me to make some room in my life for things that do work. Thank you, Michele!

Rachel, you made my day! So glad that this popped up just when you needed to see it. Love that kind of serendipity!

I know from experience that accepting reality can be hard, but it can also be the path to creating new ways to deal with it. I had a personal situation where I refused to accept reality for a long time. When I finally did, I was able to say to myself, "OK--so given that this is reality, how do I make this work for me? How do I get the most out of this? How do I see it as an opportunity for me to grow, etc.?" The situation has completely turned around as a result. I would never have been able to open myself up to new ways of dealing with it, though, if I hadn't accepted the full truth.

Good luck on your journey--I know it will be rewarding!

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