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There are times when obstacles may be a good thing. Some obstacles are beautiful or have hidden value that should be considered before judging them negatively. It is helpful to look at obstacles as if they are part of a fairy tale, that there may be a lesson to be learned or a  treasure, the kind you most want, at the end of the path. An obstacle may be about your own behavior rather than a hindrance to your purpose. There may be no shimmering reward, but you may grow and advance your inner self  by accepting the challenge or challenges  presented by an obstacle. Similarly, you may discover your limits and go beyond them by persevering in the face of obstacles. Or you may find that something you once perceived as an obstacle has changed in a positive direction.  If you’re a little person struggling through the leaves and stems above you may find that you’d rather spend your time exploring and appreciating the obstacles. This may divert you from your original goal but the new one may be much more beneficial to you. How would you know unless you give it a try? You may also find another to overcome an obstacle with you so that you both stand out from the crowd. Obstacles are really more opportunity than obstacle. Like so much else, how you choose to look at an obstacle defines whether or not is really is an obstacle. I prefer to think of obstacles as chances instead, even when one after another comes flying fast. It takes an effort sometimes to look for the positive aspects of obstacles, but in the long run it’s worth it to at least try. Isn’t it better to try to see the beauty in your troubles, than focus on the negative side of them?


Author: EllenphanPhotos

I've been struck many times by the thoughts that run through my head when I'm outdoors and contemplating nothing in particular. The thoughts can be profound or silly, sad or joyful, relevant or not. But they're always there. And with just a bit of concentration they can lead to the most astonishing places and on the most convoluted trails. Exploring those vagaries and jigs and jogs is fun. I'm attempting to find more of these trails to see if they lead anywhere or nowhere, because even nowhere is somewhere. The bits and pieces of the outdoors help to make the indoors survivable. Photos help bring the outdoors in and remind me of many of the thoughts I had while still outside, a very valuable tool they are, too.

2 thoughts on “Obstacles

  1. Very well said. Love this post!

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