In Others’ Words: Avoiding the Debris of Life

Snags 2015

Snags and debris. We’re not going to make it through life without running it to one or the other … or both. 

Snags are impediments to progress … irritants, interferences, interruptions … we want to go one way and they push and prod us another, holding us back from our goals.

But debris … that’s another kind of danger that can weigh you down, pull you under, and drown you.

Snags can leave marks — a scratch here, a bruise there. Debris, however, can be lethal. Emotional debris like guilt … regret … shame … fear … they pile up on us and dishearten us. 

Best to heed Anne Shannon Monroe’s words and “Pull yourself loose and go on.” 


  • Ask for help from someone standing on firm ground — someone who sees the truth you’ve lost sight of. 
  • Recognize the debris for what it is: garbage. Nothing more, nothing less. 
  • Regain your focus. Realize you are stuck — remember where you’re headed — and start moving again. 

In Your Words: What snags have you run into recently? How do you avoid debris that stops the forward motion in your life? 

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  1. July 14, 2015, 12:09 am   /  Reply

    Can’t avoid them, just work through, and don’t pay heed to how much it hurts.

    “How I feel” is irrelevant. At the end of the day, it’s what I done that counts.

    Today hurt, but I got some stuff done.

    Tomorrow will be worse, and I will still get some stuff done.

    • July 14, 2015, 9:53 pm   /  Reply

      I am praying that tomorrow, and the tomorrow after that, is better, not worse.
      I know that you will persevere no matter what, my friend. It is who you are.
      Praying for you.

      • July 14, 2015, 10:59 pm   /  Reply

        Thanks for prayers, Beth. Need em.

        This sucks beyond anything so far. I’m hurting.

  2. July 14, 2015, 10:03 am   /  Reply

    Debris is like the heavy winter clothes that drag you under the water if you happen to fall in a lake in winter time. It clings to you. It’s also like the sin that entangles as you run your race. I’m in an odd mood today. 🙂

    • July 14, 2015, 10:19 am   /  Reply

      You’re a writer…you’re supposed to be in an odd mood!


    • July 14, 2015, 9:54 pm   /  Reply

      I think you provided two excellent examples of weightiness of debris, Pat.
      Nothing odd about either.

  3. Susan
    July 14, 2015, 8:36 pm   /  Reply

    I never thought about it this way, Beth. I’ve hit my fair share of snags and debris, prayerfully I’m not dragging it along with me!

    • July 14, 2015, 9:55 pm   /  Reply

      Just sharing what came to mind when I read this quote … always hoping others will join the conversation. That’s what makes this blog fun for me.

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