Avoidance is rarely the right option to deal with a situation, yet it is often the quickest instrument to which you turn. When facing a dilemma, pretending that there isn't a problem (elephant in the room), hiding from the problem (disappearing act), or acting outrageously to disguise the real problem (deflection), are all avoidance techniques that may temporarily diffuse the issue, but never address the issue.
Hiding behind a 'there's nothing I can do, so I won't do anything' mentality is the pinnacle of avoidance.
Even if it's true that there is nothing to be actively done about a situation, you must still process through it.
To sidestep is avoidance; to process through it is healing, closure, and peace. Today, examine your life for those situations you have been avoiding and resolve to process through them instead, with the goal of being able to close the door behind you, without the need to lock the door for fear of what may still lie behind it."