Confrontation is an experience that directs our attention to an object of contention, whether it’s internal or external. This object demands that we face it, examine it, and deal with it. Unlike pain, which can sometimes be passively endured, confrontation requires active participation. It doesn’t just pass on its own; action is necessary. Confrontation is a more directional experience of pain.
Confrontation is often associated with pain and fear. This fear isn’t just about the immediate discomfort, but also the risk of rejection. But it’s crucial not to avoid confrontation out of fear. Yes, it can be painful, and it can put you at odds with yourself, but it’s also an opportunity for growth. Confrontation provides the friction we need in our lives to spark change and development.
Don’t run from confrontation. Whatever you’re running from, it’s going to catch up sooner or later. The longer you run, the harder it will hit when it finally does.
Confront your own suffering. This act of courage and authenticity is the only way forward. Through confrontation, we can find resolution, growth, and ultimately, a deeper understanding of ourselves.