By Blair McKissock
Life is not a flat, straight line. No, that isn’t a surprise. Every day, life throws us something new. Sometimes life throws us a small pebble, other times it throws us a curve ball, and sometimes it throws us a boulder. With all that is thrown at us, we get good at the dip, duck, dodge, WHACK! There is never a convenient time to deal with what is thrown our way, and sometimes we have to learn to roll with it. If you get unsettling news just when you are tending to someone else’s needs and you may not be able to process it right away, it may be necessary to compartmentalize the emotion, and cowboy up until you can steal a moment. This can seem somewhat contradictory to the idea of being authentic, yet we cannot deny that it happens. If you work in a field where you are working with people who come to you to be emotionally vulnerable and process through their own trauma, or if you are a teacher and you are responsible for the wellbeing of the 21 little ones, what do you do when that whack on the side of the head occurs? You may not have the luxury of taking a time-out right at the moment, because if you do, you add a layer of burden onto someone else’s shoulders, and they may not be able to take it.