A woman jumping over an obstacle on a track.


I tell my students there is such a thing as “writer’s block,†and they should respect it. It’s blocked because it ought to be blocked, because you haven’t got it right now.

—Toni Morrison

Writers or not, there are times when all of us are “blocked.†Our dilemma may be an unsatisfying career or a general feeling of discontent in our daily lives. We may feel stymied as to what action to take or what direction to move in. Our indecisiveness may feel scary or alarming, especially if we are normally focused and productive people.

The hardest decision may be just to recognize the block and go with it. We can use it as a time to weigh our options, determine the possibilities. The trick is to come out of the block with a renewed sense of energy and an enthusiastic commitment to taking our next step.

Our “blocks†are opportunities to grow, to “write†our futures as we would like them written.

Call to Action: On this day, I will take five minutes to remember a time when I felt stuck, and I will visualize coming out of it and moving on to something better.

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