Obstacles Exist Only in the Mind

Obstacles don’t exist except in our minds.  We create them.  One of my favorite sayings is things don’t happen to us, they happen for us.  I believe this.  I believe in the law of attractions and I believe that positive thoughts breed positive outcomes and negative thoughts breed negative outcomes.  So when an obstacle shows up, don’t look at it like it’s an obstruction; look at it and figure out how you can use it to your advantage.  Step back, be patient and look for the answer.   It’s your choice:  quit or use it to your advantage.

Take me for instance. I was born with a degenerative hearing impairment.  Until my early 20’s, when I began wearing hearing aids no one even knew this was an issue. But by the time I began wearing hearing aids I was already a decent lip reader.  I compensated, not even consciously, but I overcame the challenge.   Now I’m an expert at lip reading but people are constantly referring to my hearing loss as my disability.  I refuse to allow that label to stick.  I have a challenge which I have adapted to so well many are not even aware of it.  For many years when I would say “I have a hearing loss and I read lips”, people would look, nod their head and then turn away and continue talking.  Hello?  Do you have a hearing impairment too?  At times, convincing someone the challenge exists is more difficult than the challenge itself.  Point is, I didn’t let it hold me back.  I never said I CAN’T because I can’t hear:  I can, I just might have to do it a little different than others.  Perception is 9/10ths of the law.  How you perceive it is how it will be!

There is a story of a man and a rock.  God comes to the man and tells him he has work for him and he wants him to push against this rock.  Obediently he pushes and pushes, putting all his effort into it for many days but the rock never moves.  Discouraged, he goes back to God and says “God, I have followed your instructions for a long time and I have not even budged that rock.  Why am I failing?”  God compassionately responds, “I said push against the rock, I never said you would move it.  You have not failed, your arms are strong and muscled; your back sinewed and brown. Your hands are calloused from constant pressure and your legs have become massive and hard.  Through opposition you have grown much and your ability now far surpasses that which you used to have.” It’s perception.

There are no obstacles, only building blocks:  whether they are to make you stronger, make you change course or climb higher, it’s up to you to find the meaning each of and use them to your advantage. One thing is definite, if you look at them as obstacles to stop you, they will do it every time.  How do you perceive your obstacles?