Navigating uncertain terrain.
Six years ago, I was diagnosed with an ovarian tumor the size of a cantaloupe. I was (understandably) scared.
I work with metaphor with my clients. The metaphor that showed up was an image: I saw myself walking through uncertain terrain, but there was solid ground under my feet.
The image said:
This is the landscape I’m walking on now. As long as I have solid ground under my feet and I’m centered in my body, I will be safe, even though I don’t know what lies ahead. I can move as fast or as slow as I would like. I can rest when I want to. I don’t need to push. There is nothing scary around me. Only uncertain terrain.
The surgery was successful. They removed the entire tumor which was still encased in its sac. But I’m sharing this little story for two reasons:
- If you’re going through a scary or uncertain situation right now, finding your metaphoric place of “solid ground” will help you through it.
- Our minds can make us crazy scared, but there’s deep metaphoric wisdom under the surface. Why not trust it?