“If you don’t like where you are, move on. You are not a tree.”

The other day my client was complaining about his job situation. He’d been complaining about his boss and his team for a few months, so I asked what had to be asked. “Why are you still there?”

Last week a friend was complaining about a situation at home. One that’s been bothering her since last year. And while I wasn’t suggesting that she leave her family, I asked the same question. “Why are you still there? Why have you let this situation go on?”

Recently I noticed myself internally complaining about something I was facing. I had to ask myself the same question. “Why am I still here?”

It’s important to remember we often, if not usually, have a choice. We can stay where we are, or we can move on – perhaps literally to a new job or team or company, and perhaps metaphorically, addressing the situation around (or within) us and finding a way to move to something different.

We are not trees. We have not taken root, stuck in one place – geographically or in any other way. We have choices to find better circumstances, bring something to a head, handle issues that we don’t like. We have the option to find something we like better – and plant our roots there. At least for a little while.

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