Michael Jordan once said; “Obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it. “ The reason why many of us are not living the life of our dreams is because we don’t follow this advice. When we face a challenge, or encounter an obstacle on our path, we turn around and give up. Many of us give up after just one attempt: You flunk an exam and you conclude you will never pass that course, so you give up. You have a wonderful business idea which fails to give you the anticipated results, so you conclude it will never work. You are having difficulties in your marriage, instead of fighting for it, and exhausting all your options, you take the easy way out – divorce. Many have taken their own lives as a result of not being able to face the obstacles on their paths. Too many times we conclude that we are not qualified; we are not good enough; we don’t have the talents and resources necessary to get what we once dreamed about, just because we failed after just one shot.
Sometimes in life you may have to fight a battle, face an obstacle, struggle with a disease or a negative event more than once to win it. The scriptures tell us to study ants, and learn from them. As tiny as those creatures are, they are really amazing. The ants believe there is always a way, and they go all out to make one. No matter how large the obstacle you place on the path of the ants, they don’t give up, they don’t turn their backs and go back home. Rather they focus on how to overcome the obstacle, they may be delayed, but they are never stopped. They work around the obstacle by trying to push it aside, if that doesn’t work, they try to climb over it, if that also fails, they try to go under it and if that fails too, they think of walking around the obstacles. They do anything but go back home.
Folks, people who are living their greatest lives are people who find their way over, around, or under any and every obstacle on their paths. They understand that whereas a situation may be intimidating or difficult, it is never impossible. They have come to believe that there is no problem without a solution, if they knock harder, ask many questions, and search wider. “No one who has ever followed a dream has taken a direct, unobstructed path and arrived at his or her destination effortlessly and on time. Following a dream is not a direct highway but a bumpy road full of twists and turns and occasional roadblocks.” Things never work out the we expect them to be; Marriages and relationships don’t turn out to be as sweet and problems free as we read about in romantic novels or as what we are shown in the movies. Career and businesses are not always a straight easy ride to the top, but those who succeed are those who often adjust their lives – actions and thoughts to face the prevailing circumstances.
Overcoming obstacles demand that we become like the palm trees. Physically the palm trees aren’t the strongest of trees, often they look as though they won’t survive any storm, but instead they are the ones we find standing when other trees around have been brought down after a storm, because they are flexible. You see, a great wind may snap and break all the hard trees around, but the palm tree due to its flexibility will only bend towards the direction of the wind, and when calm finally returns, it gets back up. Life may bend you, delay you, cause you to take a step backwards over and over again, but don’t let it break you, don’t let it stop you. Resolve never to be defeated by any obstacle. Live your greatest life!