The Gift of Obstacles
An obstacle is not a barrier that prevents us from moving forward in life, it is a gift. It is a blessing. In today’s society, an obstacle is seen as an obstruction to growth, it is seen as a restriction that prevents us from moving forward. The REAL question is, “Is an obstacle a barrier or a gift?”
In Dennis Merriott Jones’ book, The Art of Being: 101 Ways to Practice Purpose in Your Life, writes: “As a matter of fact, my observation is that often those who appear to have the greatest challenges in life, with obstacles far larger than my own, seem to see their challenges not as obstacles at all but rather as growth opportunities for forward movement.”
In the same book, Thomas Carlyle wrote, “The block of granite, which is an obstacle in the way of the weak, becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the stone.”
Let an obstacle be your stepping-stone to the next level in your life, and in your career.
When it comes to an obstacle, the question is, ” How do you see obstacles?”
Do you see an obstacle as a barrier?
How do you see yourself? Are you a “victor” or a “victim“?
It is your decision to make.
“Life is the sum of all your choices.”- Albert Camus
It is up to you whether you want to call yourself a “victor” or a “victim.”
Earl Nightingale said, “Whatever we plant in our subconscious mind and nourish with repetition and emotion will one day become a reality.” If you call yourself a “victim”, you will be one. If you call yourself a “victor”, you will be one. Be careful what you ask for.
Let’s see what other thinkers are saying, or have said about “circumstances/obstacles”:
Epictetus said, “It’s not what happens to you, but how you react to it that matters.”
Zig Ziglar said, “It’s not what happens to you that matters. It’s how you respond to what happens to you that makes a difference.”
Dr. M. Scott Peck writes, “It is only because of problems that we grow mentally and spiritually.” “Everything that happens in life is there to aid our spiritual growth.”
Are these thinkers right or wrong?