I think there is a point when creative tension, not acted upon, becomes an actual threat. The process may seductively trick you into avoiding action.
The tree had hung over our house in a menacing way. Over the years it had played tag with our home during four hurricanes. Both stayed strong and held their own.
The belligerence in me argued that it provided shade – kept the house cooler. But the tree had grown so much and that was no longer a valid point. Actually it never was.
So last month an amazingly talented tree surgeon climbed the 80 foot threat and within 90 minutes had taken the entire thing down. Gone. Threat eliminated.
It seems like it is a metaphor for so many things in my life. Staying at a job too long, not calling the doctor as soon as I could have, waiting to tell people what they really meant to me.
Part of me enjoyed the process as tension would build to a ridiculous point; sometimes refusing to acknowledge the reality of potential danger. There is a difference. Creative tension leads to something – builds something. It is not about avoidance. Creative tension inspires brave actions.
Don’t wait trim the tree that’s threatening your safety. Take action today on whatever has moved beyond creative tension into imminent threat to you.