What do you do when you come to an obstacle on your journey through life? Do you give up and turn around? Figure out a way around it? Go through it?
I like to go for a walk during my lunch break at work. On one of the trails I take, I encounter the tree you see pictured. It’s overgrown and blocks the pathway, yet it provides a great amount of shade. I don’t turn around when I see it. Nor do I skirt it. Instead, I duck and go right under it — or through it — staying on the trail.
That’s how I tend to approach problems and challenges in life, too. My dad taught me, “Where there’s a will, there’s a way.” So when I encounter a problem in my path, I don’t spin a 180 and run from it. If I do, I might have to face that same problem or something similar down the road. Sometimes, I try to find a way around a challenge. But I might have to confront that problem again, too.
When I duck to go under the drooping tree branches, I use different leg muscles than when standing and walking erect. So going through the shrouded path despite the obstacle strengthens my legs. And I come through victorious on the other side.
If I tackle an obstacle head-on and walk directly through it, I conquer it. And I grow and become stronger as a result.
Christian, wife, mother of 5, breast cancer survivor, marathon finisher, writer and editor, author of "Help! I'm a Science Project"