Thursday, October 8, 2015

Fallacy of Feeling Trapped with No Way Out

Write or Die Wednesdays picture prompt interpretation:

In this image, I can see myself with violently rushing water above me and the same vicious water racing beneath me. There is a difficult storm of a situation all around me and it seems as though there is no way out.

This feeling occurs in life for everyone. I feel this way from time to time and occasionally the feeling can be overwhelming which causes me to lose focus on what’s important and vital in times like those. Staying focused on the important aspects of a difficult situation will allow anyone more control over that situation.

Just because I feel trapped with no way out doesn’t mean that I am truly stuck in a rut unless I allow myself to be. There is always a solution or a way to get out of that situation. Sometimes it’s vital to have patience and wait for the storm to clear before you act. It’s possible that backtracking and choosing a different path is the only option and the way out of a dead end situation. But most of the time it’s more important to take action toward that situation despite the adversity.

In the face of perceived danger, you have to fight your way through the storm to the other side where you will realize just how strong you really are. Going through and getting past that situation will give you the confidence for the next situation which could be more difficult and overwhelming, but you are more prepared to handle it now. Having strength and perseverance will ensure that you overcome the fallacy of feeling trapped which will allow you to focus on the task at hand and deal with the troublesome situation.

When something happens in my life that starts to make me feel trapped, I force myself to be calm and take deep breathes. I try to clear my mind of that overwhelming feeling. By stopping all the numerous thoughts that rush my brain, I am able to clearly thinking about one things or aspect of the situation, at a time. Sometimes I even talk to myself in my mind which helps me stay focused and remain claim through reassuring myself.

The power of the mind can be debilitating or uplifting and I truly believe you have some control over which way your mind is influencing your life. The fact of the matter is that there is always a way out or a resolution to any difficult situation. Don’t allow your mind into tricking yourself that you are trapped, because if you can overcome the feeling of being trapped, you will have a great deal of more strength to be able to face the situation.

Nothing in life is truly impossible. Sometimes it just takes a different way of looking at the situation. The fallacy of feeling trapped can be a powerful influence on your decision making abilities and can cause the situation to be more difficult than it really is. The most important thing to remember from this post is that there is always a solution and all you need to do is find it. By getting rid of the false feeling of being trapped, anyone will have the strength and courage to overcome any struggle they face.

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  1. Thank you so much for sharing this! I contemplate these things constantly. I'm currently (no pun intended) coming out of that feeling of being caught in a cycle of waves. Crashing, crashing, crashing over and over again. I've had to tell myself to stop fighting it, to ride the waves until the waters calm. Sometimes, I believe, that is the only solution at that moment.

    This was one of my favorite parts:
    "Sometimes it’s vital to have patience and wait for the storm to clear before you act."

    That's exactly what I did, and before I knew it, things started looking up :)

    Thank you for sharing and joining us for #WODW!

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  3. I love that line - "the fallacy of feeling trapped." I feel trapped all the time, and my husband tells me that I need to change my perspective. That no one is trapped, only standing still. I love this insightful post, Emily and I'm so glad you linked up with us! Thank you for sharing your thoughts. xo

  4. I really enjoy blog posts that make me stop and think, and this one certainly did :). I have been 'trapped' in many ways over the years, (failed marriages, wrong careers, bad situations) and then something happened to make me realise that I was not trapped at all, and could find my own way out . It is, as you point out, a fallacy. Mir xx