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    The Complexities of Life

    Stoplight Mentality

    One day, while waiting for the light to change, a thought popped into my head:

    People function like stoplights.

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    Chloe x Halle/Giphy.com

    Here’s my attempt to tie this together. The red, yellow, and green colors of the stoplight represent how we function when obstacles present themselves. Here’s the breakdown by stoplight colors:

    Green Light

    No obstacles in your way for the most part. The obstacles that you do come across are easy to get around. You got this. All is well. Carry on and whatnot.

    Yellow Light

    Whoa there! There’s an obstacle that’s too big to go around but not so big that it’s blocking your path. You may have to do some shifting but you figure it out. Whew!

    Red Light

    Yikes! Just when you thought you were all done with shifting, life comes at you fast. You use everything that you have, but that obstacle…well, it’s not moving and now you’re at a crossroads. One, you can gather your wits and work on a plan of attack. Or two, you can quit, turn around, and travel the way you came.

    So how did I do? Did it make sense or did I confuse the hell outta you? Let me know.

    Be great,







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