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    I think a hero is an ordinary individual who finds strength to persevere and endure in spite of overwhelming obstacles. – Christopher Reeve

    Restlessness of mind, grumbling thoughts and monstrous fears begin to tickle a sense of frustration  inside me.  I am facing a brick wall! Frozen stiff, I let my mind wander back in time, searching for each particular  moments in my life when I decided to change  my journey or road trips. Scanning every event, all turns and curbs, an obstacle never failed to greet me along my path.

    There and then, obstacle became my faithful companion. Initially, I started to complain of its insistence to follow my road and attention. Obstacle has a way of meddling with my time, with money, my health, my beliefs, my commitment and responsibilities, my relationships, my fears and goals etc. I cried at its presence, complaining of its persistent way to block and humiliate me.

    Slowly in time, I discovered obstacle’s other side, a positive one. My attitude and paradigm towards it changed and its harsh ways taught me lessons in life :

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    1. In danger, I achieved courage.
    2. Between inspiration and desperation, I have a choice.
    3. In suffering, I learned patience.
    4. With illness, I found out the value my health, my senses, my body, my mind.
    5. With sadness, I appreciated happiness.
    6. After a bitter experience, I cherished its sweetest taste.
    7. With my limitations, I am exposed to go beyond my capabilities.
    8. After a defeat, I gained self-confidence.
    9. My lack of knowledge, focus and clarity confused me into making a mountain out of a mole hill. I discovered humour.
    10. With my gift of dream, I acquired knowledge of never giving up on it. “Remember and act on it”, I promised myself.
    11. In humiliation, I discovered that failure is learning, creativity, and innovation.
    12. In self-pity and solitude, I uncovered that conviction and love is movement.
    13. With failures, it harnessed my determination to form habits of success and not of failure.
    14. The only person responsible to see obstacles as a necessity, not a burden, is ME.
    15. In poverty, I realized what is essential in my life and enjoyed its simplicity like a child.
    16. Without obstacles, life would be boring and what a bland personality, with little character would  I have.
    17. With obstacles, my life became rooted in Faith. I need to believe in God because it uplifts my heart and gladdens my soul.

    Now, I remember that trace when I accepted obstacle as my teacher. I thought I have learned its lessons. I guess, my life’s lesson is not enough, for obstacle is nodding at me again. It is dancing time again with obstacle. I have to practice my rhythm in various life’s music. Let’s leap and skip with obstacle even with a tear in our eye.

    Now, close your eyes and imagine: a huge boulder on your way. What will you do?
    You have three options: run into the boulder repeatedly, complain about the boulder being in the way, or find a way around the boulder.

    Will you accept the boulder for what it is: an obstacle? I suggest that you accept that you cannot go through it. Do not panic, and waste time and energy worrying about the obstacle. Instead, make your own path around the obstacle, either over the boulder, around the boulder, or under the boulder.

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    I am challenging you to to be a hero as how I quoted Christopher Reeve  about obstacle.

    Turn obstacles to your advantage, and move forward where others are afraid to go.

    The birth of Jesus   is not a fable but a story of overcoming endless obstacles like fear, rejection, politics, humiliation, murder, poverty of the manger, etc to give us hope and faith that in spite of everything,  LIFE is still beautiful!

    Merry Christmas to each one of you!


    Patience and perseverance have a magical effect before which difficulties disappear and obstacles vanish.” – John Quincy Adams

    “The greatest obstacle to progress is prejudice.” – Bavee

    The senses have been conditioned by attraction to the pleasant and aversion to the unpleasant: a man should not be ruled by them; they are obstacles in his path.” – Bhagavad Gita

    Each handicap is like a hurdle in a steeplechase, and when you ride up to it, if you throw your heart over, the horse will go along too.” – Lawrence Bixby

    The obstacles you face are… mental barriers which can be broken by adopting a more positive approach.” – Clarence Blasier

    The greatest obstacle to discovery is not ignorance — it is the illusion of knowledge.” – Daniel J. Boorstin

    You are the only real obstacle in your path to a fulfilling life.” – Les Brown

    “The world is full of suffering. It is also full of overcoming it.” “It is a terrible thing to see and have no vision.” –Hellen Keller

    It’s the constant and determined effort that breaks down all resistance, sweeps away all obstacles.” – Claude M. Bristol

    The lover thinks more often of reaching his mistress than the husband of guarding his wife; the prisoner thinks more often of escaping than the gaoler of shutting his door; and so, whatever the obstacles may be, the lover and the prisoner ought to succeed.” –Stendhal

    A barrier is of ideas, not of things.” – Mark Caine

    It is not necessary to hope in order to undertake, nor to succeed in order to persevere.” – Charles The Bold

    The mere fact that you have obstacles to overcome is in your favor…” – Robert Collier

    The Promised Land always lies on the other side of a Wilderness.” – Havelock Ellis

    As long as a man stands in his own way, everything seems to be in his way.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

    A desire can overcome all objections and obstacles.” – Gunderson

    It is not the mountain we conquer, but ourselves.” – Sir Edmund Hillary

    For a long time it seemed to me that real life was about to begin, but there was always some obstacle in the way. Something had to be got through first, some unfinished business; time still to be served, a debt to be paid. Then life would begin. At last it dawned on me that these obstacles were my life.” – Bette Howland

    In each age men of genius undertake the ascent. From below, the world follows them with their eyes. These men go up the mountain, enter the clouds, disappear, reappear, People watch them, mark them. They walk by the side of precipices. They daringly pursue their road. See them aloft, see them in the distance; they are but black specks. On they go. The road is uneven, its difficulties constant. At each step a wall, at each step a trap. As they rise the cold increases. They must make their ladder, cut the ice and walk on it., hewing the steps in haste. A storm is raging. Nevertheless they go forward in their madness. The air becomes difficult to breath. The abyss yawns below them. Some fall. Others stop and retrace their steps; there is a sad weariness. The bold ones continue. They are eyed by the eagles; the lightning plays about them: the hurricane is furious. No matter, they persevere.” – Victor Hugo

    When man meets an obstacle he can’t destroy, he destroys himself.” – Ryszard Kapuscinski


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