By nature, I am not a confronter.
I’m not afraid of it.
But I prefer to go down the path of least resistance.
Even at the cost of my own peace.  

In the third year of Rustic Cuff, I realized that a change was necessary with someone on our team. The fit wasn’t right, and I found myself avoiding my office to maintain peace. I was becoming an expert at hide and seek but for all the wrong reasons. Even though I knew the daily discomfort internally, I couldn’t bear the thought of upsetting the apple cart.

In fact, in all of my 45 years up to that point, the most significant confrontations I had to face were the times I broke it off with college boyfriends. And honestly, my breakup skills were so vague they’re probably still waiting for closure.

Aware of my tendency to avoid conflict, my friend and business mentor, Shannon Wilburn, gave me a piece of advice that stuck with me:
Jill, you must RUN to the mountain to get to the other side.

She explained that as long as I was staring at the obstacle before me, the toxicity wouldn’t magically disappear.
The key word I heard her say was RUN.
Not walk.
Not stare.
Not sit and wait until it miraculously moves.
Shannon said, RUN to the mountain because she knew there was only one thing I could do now. Until I ran towards it and confronted the situation head on, I would live in a world of avoidance and disruption.

Armed with a new visual and a newly set time frame, the clock started ticking. Within three days, I found myself navigating a challenging and painful conversation. Although I braced myself for backlash after the confrontation, which is often inevitable, I was hit by an overwhelming wave of peace.
Why had I suffered so long, all in the name of avoiding conflict? 

Embracing silence to keep the peace was like holding my breath underwater.
I was achieving momentary stillness at the expense of my ability to breathe freely.
That realization was so powerful that I made a mental note to hold onto it tightly for whenever I encountered another seemingly immovable mountain that required confronting.

Now, for some people, this might be easy.
It may be second nature to them.
Yet, for others, like myself, we would rather go down with the ship before confronting the very thing that is slowly destroying us.

Sometimes, the only route to real peace is hard conversations.
And what I want for you is true peace.
Not a surface-level, inferior one. 

Although God has the power to move any mountain in your way, He often asks you to play an active role. Rest assured, though, He will always provide the courage and strength you need to face them head-on.

And when you RUN towards your mountain, you will discover a genuine peace that has been waiting for you all along.