Humor me. Imagine unresolved thoughts are boomerangs and your mind is a dense forest. If the second part doesn’t feel like much of a stretch, I’m with you.
Instead of obsessing over finding a solution or coming up with an idea, we have an alternative. We can let the problem go into the foliage of our minds instead of holding onto it.
Like the magical experience of tossing a boomerang and knowing it will return, awaiting a resolution also requires a leap of faith, an act of trust, a loosening of control.
Weaving its way through the forest, the boomerang faces obstacles during its journey—tree branches, thickets, bears swiping for it as it sails by.
Likewise, sometimes you’ll feel you’ve asked too much and the problem is unsolvable. But like a boomerang, an answer inevitably returns, landing quietly at your feet.
In essence, you must trust in the return. You must trust we did not throw it too far into the forest-y recesses of your mind.
My beloved Don Draper hit on this early in "Mad Men." Below is a clip from Season 1, Episode 11, "Indian Summer," in which he gently guides Peggy when she's stumped, “Just think about it deeply..then forget it…and an idea will jump up in your face.”
When you’re at a loss for next steps, have an old fashioned and know your thought is sailing through your subconscious, bound to return.