Recently, my beagle, Baxter, was chasing rabbits at our cabin and hurt his paw. After a visit to the vet, our energetic little puppy had to wear a cone.
As soon as the vet put the cone on him, he froze — paralyzed — losing connection with his inherent way of moving through life. His happy, friendly demeanor immediately turned to sadness and confusion. He didn’t even try to receive more attention from the vet employees (like he usually did) when they were leaving the exam room.
As he tried to return to his normal way of trotting around, he ran into walls and had difficulty getting to where he needed to go. At home, when my husband arrived home from work, Baxter jumped up and attempted to greet him. But, after running into a few walls and needing my son to guide him toward the door, he again became paralyzed. His familiar world was turned upside down. It was very sad.
As I considered Baxter’s circumstances, I thought about how people dealing with change often experience debilitating anxiety, fear and resistance. In some cases they may feel paralyzed – unable to move forward. Their emotions take control and the wall of resistance gets stronger by the second. When people want to grow and make positive changes in their lives, they may be unsure how to move forward and may need a guide to help them navigate the way — like my son helped Baxter.
The answers lie within us, however, we do not need to push through challenges on our own. When anxiety rises and it’s difficult to move forward, pause and reflect, is this the right choice? Is the anxiety a red flag or is it simply coming up because we are afraid to change and move into the unknown?
Are you experiencing challenges in your life today? Take some time to meditate, journal and reflect on what you are resisting – what has you paralyzed – and consider what small steps you can begin to take to discover your path to positive change. Is there someone in your life who can help you navigate through this change? If you are looking for a confidential, safe and non-judgmental environment, life coaching can be a great option.
Regarding Baxter, because the injury was not horribly bad, and because he was unable to get around and sleep with the cone on, we opted not to use the cone. With extra care and observation, he did heal up wonderfully and is back to his lovable self again!
Blessings and Hugs,