The Elephant In The Room

July 10, 2010 at 11:12 (Uncategorized)

It’s impossible to not notice it, it’s usually so big and in the way that it has to be dealt with almost immediately.  One feels that if you were to walk around the room that you’d bump into it, there is no way around or out. Denial and silence could work – for some time, in order to avoid awkwardness – but sooner or later it has to be noticed and dealt with. It’s as if realistically there is really an elephant in the room. More than often we do the “awkward turtle” trying to place some humour into the situation at hand but more than often we have to face the music and deal with the issue straight up.

Having a huge problem that two or more people know about but don’t want to deal with or talk about is just as bad as having an elephant in the room.  It’s blunt, obvious, loud and big.  However, many people choose to ignore the elephant in the room, they choose to try and place it in the corner and ignore it’s obvious sprays of icy cold water on their back or crude, loud remarks.

So how do you deal with the elephant in the room? Approach it.  The only way to get the elephant out of the way is to confront it, deal with the issue immediately and sort out a plan of action to either get it out of the room or at least under control. Having an elephant in the room can be very harmful realistically and metaphorically 🙂



  1. Wanika Rusthoi said,

    Haha I love the picture! But its true what you say. The best way of dealing with something as awkward as an elephant, is confrontation.

  2. Kerry-Lee Cockrell said,

    LOL What a fun entry! I laughed pretty hard at your approach to the topic. I also love how you made sense of it; a very clever metaphor 😉

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