When You Need to Get Unstuck!

Vroom! Vroom! The truck was stuck, and no matter how hard the driver tried to get it unstuck, the truck wouldn’t move.

I had just put my kids to bed and was on my way to my office to work when I saw, through my living room curtains, the reflection of an orange rotating towtruck-like light. I opened the curtain and saw a truck plowing “snow” from my neighbor’s driveway. This was odd because there hadn’t been any snowfalls for a few days and the temperature this weekend had been above 0 degrees Celsius, which means there was water to drain and ice to break more than snow to plow.

My wife, who wondered what the noise was, came to the window. About the time she got to the window, with great authority, the truck driver hit the accelerator pedal and smashed his truck now snowplow on a snowbank. Bang! Sadly, when he tried to back his truck up, it was stuck.

Vroom! Vroom! No movement. Vroom! Vroom! Vroom! No movement. Vrooooooom! The ice said, “You’re not going anywhere. You’re staying right here.” No matter how hard the driver tried to get unstuck, the truck wouldn’t move. The plow was gripped by the snowbank, the wheels immobilized by the ice. This truck was going nowhere.

The driver spun his wheels for about 10 minutes before coming knocking at my door for help (as my neighbor wasn’t home). Unfortunately, I didn’t have the resources to get him unstuck: I gave him salt to melt the ice but it didn’t get him unstuck. Because he couldn’t find anyone to come help him, I drove him home to go pick up his traction aids. That didn’t work either.

In the end, another big truck had to come and get him unstuck. These things are powerful.

By then, I was in my office working. But I couldn’t stop hearing, vroom, vroom, vroom in my head.

Sometimes, in life, we get stuck and no matter how hard we try to get unstuck, it doesn’t work. Vroom! Vroom! We spin our wheels on the ice and aren’t moving forward anymore.

In those times, the wise thing to do is, not to try “band-aid” solutions and seek unqualified help, but to call a “big truck” to help us get unstuck.