“The only way out is through.”
I’ve heard that phrase here and there (—heck I’ve probably said it a couple of times too) but I don’t think I understood what it meant until recently.
I assumed it meant tough it out. Keep pushing. Grit your teeth and make it happen. Don’t give up. Don’t back down. Anything that resembled the country musician Rodney Atkins’s lyrics “If you are going through hell keep going.”
But I don’t think that’s the true meaning, or at least not the whole story.
Realizing that “the only way out is through” is actually about acceptance.
Acceptance feels like a word that means giving up, but the opposite is true. It’s standing up for yourself by giving in to your problems and circumstances and letting go of the outcome. Again, which to some people might sound like a failure, but really its success wrapped in confidence.
When you accept where you are, you can find progress forward. The process isn’t the goal, but a byproduct of accepting whatever life throws at you.
You get sick, and that becomes part of your story.
You lose your job, and that becomes a stepping stone on the life you were meant to live.
It leads you to not only sympathize with others like you, but allows you to impact others with your personal story. It leads you down a path you wouldn’t have taken.
When you accept the path you must take, suddenly opportunities start springing up everywhere you look.