SASTRUGI HAPPENS IN YOUR PERSONAL LIFE
You donít have to be in the
desert for sastrugi to happen; life is full of hard sastrugi,
and it happens all the time. Sastrugi traumatizes people in the
workplace and in their personal life. They go through periods
when they feel as if they are being severely hammered by the
sastrugi of life. After taking this punishment, they withdraw,
and instead of saying yes to life, they say no. They donít want
to experience any more hard sastrugi.
They go home, sit in their easy
chair, watch television, read the newspaper, and watch life pass
by. The sastrugi of life traumatized them, and they donít want
to get hurt anymore. They donít understand that sastrugi is
simply one of the challenges of life, and a challenge is only a
challenge until you learn how to deal with it. There are ways
of dealing with sastrugi without getting hurt, and once you
learn how to deal with it, sastrugi no longer is a problem.
Soft sastrugi is also like
life. In the sand valleys at the base of the dunes, you
encounter areas of sastrugi as soft as shallow quicksand. Soft
sastrugi stops you dead in your tracks; your vehicle sinks until
the chassis touches the sand when soft sastrugi happens.
Sastrugi is tricky. When you
come to a patch of it, you never know if it will be soft or
hard. The only way you can tell is to drive through it. If you
think itís soft, you put your foot on the accelerator in order
to blast your way through at high speed. If you think itís
hard, you put your foot on the brakes and slow down so your car
wonít shake apart as your tires bounce on the crests of the hard
Many times I have slowed down
when I thought I was coming to a patch of hard sastrugi.
Unfortunately, I entered a sea of soft sand at a slow speed, and
I quickly learned the error of my ways as my car sunk down to
the chassis. I was sincerely and monumentally stuck in deep
sand. Soft sastrugi happens.
Being deeply mired in soft
sastrugi is only an embarrassment unless you decide to stay
stuck for the rest of your life. If you stay stuck, the rest of
your life wonít be long because you will die of thirst in the
desert. Smart people donít stay stuck, and they donít sit
around waiting to die. They get out of their car and reduce the
air pressure in their tires to fifteen pounds per square inch.
They use shovels to dig the sand out from under the car where it
touches the chassis and axle. Next, they put metal sand ladders
under the tires. Then, the driver puts the car in low gear and
drives out of the sastrugi with everyone pushing. In ten
minutes, you are free from your sandy prison and on your way.
Only a fool would die of thirst trapped in soft sastrugi.
Life has a great deal of soft
sastrugi. Many times it stops you in your tracks as you become
mired down in difficulty. At that point, you have a choice.
You can throw in the towel and surrender staying perpetually
mired in the problems of life. You can sit there feeling sorry
for yourself, thinking up dozens of reasons why you will never
overcome your difficulties. The other choice is to deal with
your problems and get going again.
Everyone occasionally becomes
stuck soft sastrugi. Itís not your fault when you bog down, but
staying stuck is your fault. When you bog down with problems,
itís not the time to surrender. Instead, you take immediate
action; you get out the shovels and sand ladders, you lower the
air pressure in your tires, you get your friends to start
pushing, and you start driving. Soon, the soft sastrugi is in
your rear view mirror. Although soft sastrugi happens, you
donít need to be permanently immobilized by it.
You are going to experience a
great deal of hard and soft sastrugi in your life.
When sastrugi happens, you can be traumatized by it, or you can
get stuck in it, but the smartest thing to do is drive around
Careful drivers keep a sharp
lookout for sastrugi. You can usually see it in the distance and
avoid it. Ninety-five percent of the time, a good driver sees
sastrugi ahead of time and drives around it. Five percent of
the time, even the best driver will be traumatized by hard
sastrugi or immobilized by soft sastrugi. The only way to
completely avoid sastrugi is to stop driving.
Ninety-five percent of the problems that you have in life can be
avoided by keeping a sharp lookout, but five percent of your
problems are unavoidable. Donít become terminally traumatized
or immobilized by the sastrugi of life. Be prepared to ride out
the hard sastrugi and dig out of the soft sastrugi, because the
only way to reach your dreams is to keep on driving.
Excerpt from :
Zero Tolerance To
Negative Thinking : Good-by Depression - Hello Positive Mind
David J Abbott M.D.
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