Do you know why buried tires float to the surface? Discover what keeps old tires, unresolved conflict, and unfinished tasks from resurfacing.
My mom and I were talking the other day, and she concluded her story by saying, “You know, because tires don’t stay buried.” What?! No, I didn’t know that. At this very moment I own 8 tires, actually 12 if you count the two spares and my bike. So, clearly, I don’t have a problem with tires. In fact, I still marvel that we sent people to the moon before we had wheels on our suitcases. But, I digress… For the purposes of this Leader’s Field Guide, let’s allow tires to serve as a metaphor for that problem or task that just won’t go away-- no matter how deeply it is buried.
Why do buried tires float to the top of landfills or slowly emerge from dirt? There are two schools of thought explaining this phenomenon: First, tires trap air and methane gas expanding the surrounding soil. “Since the pressure above the tire is significantly less than the pressure below it, the tire will eventually rise to the surface.”1 Second, tires are springy, and when compressed by the weight of waste or soil, they bounce back causing them to slowly spring to the top. Just like problems or tasks, they don’t go away until we address them one at a time.
What makes tires…and problems or tasks resurface?
What keeps tires…and problems or tasks from resurfacing?
Are your unresolved problems and tasks bouncing back or releasing toxic fumes? Did you notice that pressure tends to bring tires and issues to the surface faster? What is your delay, procrastination, or avoidance bringing up? What could you do with more peace of mind or headspace? Break it down and do the hard work, because tires don’t stay buried.
Sources: 1, 3, 4 Here’s Why Rubber Tires Won’t Stay Buried And Will Always “Float” To The Surface; 2 Unsolved Landfill Mysteries—The Case of the Floating Tire (includes tips for building a Floating Tire Simulator).
by Michelle Sugerman • Leading Synergies, LLC • © All Rights Reserved
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