It is crucial to know when it is appropriate to withdraw our attention from things that disturb our mind. However, if the only way we know how to deal with certain objects is to avoid them, there will be a severe limit as to how far our spiritual practice can take us.
– Lama Thubten Yeshe, “Introduction to Tantra”
This quote picks up the basic understanding I have of Buddhism.
Objects, this includes situations, conversations, life stuff in general, are there to make us learn. Our aim is to solve as many objects to our satisfaction as possible. If you do, you will move on to the next one.
If you fail or run away, you will get the same object again. Until you solve it. Maybe solving isn’t the best word. Mastering might be better. Like samsara itself. As if every object is a “mini samsara”.
Now if you keep avoiding objects you’re limited in progressing. Both spiritual but also in life matters.
So go out there, find your object, your daily challenge. Grow with it. Make it work!