It can be easy to get bogged down in troubles. To feel overwhelmed as they wash over you, like water flowing rapidly down the river. Fast flowing and out of control. It can help us if we can rise above the troubles, to look for something to take us from one side of the river to the other. To lift you up, to enable us to see the troubles in a new way, from a different, fresher, more useful perspective.
Bridges can help us to do this.They can help us make the leap from one idea to another, enabling a different take on the situation. A bridge elevates us, takes us away from the direct trouble, gives us some distance. A bridge gives us a sense of moving forward. It gives us a direction, a focus, a hope that things will be better on the other side.
When troubles hit it can be useful to look for that bridge. It may not always be evident at first glance. It can come in the form of a person, a book, a website, a journal or even from within ourselves - if we look deeply enough. The bridge can be our reframing of a situation. Humans' capacity to reflect, review and critique ourselves as well as others is one of our strengths. We can adapt and adjust to our changing circumstances in ways that help our survival.
It can be what gives us hope to face the situation, perhaps in a new way or even to let some of the situation go. Troubles often are a sign that points out to us what is most important to us. If it didn't matter we wouldn't be troubled. So recognising what is at the heart of the trouble can help us to find a way forward, to find the courage to get up again in the morning and face the situation with some new energy. To recognise our inner strengths and capacities while also noticing what it is we might want to draw upon from others.
Thank goodness for bridges. If we didn't have bridges we would risk being stuck in the one place. Incapacitated or having to look backwards instead of forwards. While it might be helpful for us to look back on the past for a bit - there's probably lots to learn and help us understand the present - but ultimately we will benefit most when we are able to use the bridge to keep us moving forward.