Obstacles

Obstacles, Life And Recovery

‘He is the best sailor who can steer within fewest points of the wind, and exact a motive power out of the greatest obstacles.’ (Henry David Thoreau)

There is a story that many, many years ago there was a king who had a boulder placed on a roadway. Once it was in place he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Everybody who came by simply walked around it. Many were complaining and blaming the king for not keeping the roads clear. Not one of the people who went around did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Then a very poor man came along carrying a load of potatoes. Upon approaching the boulder, the peasant laid down his burden and tried to move the stone to the side. It was very difficult. It took a lot of straining, but he finally succeeded. Then he picked up his potatoes and he noticed a purse lying on the road in the place where the boulder had been.

He opened the purse. It was full of gold coins and also contained a note from the king saying that the gold was for the person that removed the stone from the road.

From the story you learn that obstacles in your live are the real opportunities. Side stepping your eating distress is an avoidance of real issues, and the avoidance itself becomes the problem.

From now on look at every difficulty as another opportunity and instead of avoiding these “obstacles” deal with them, and go straight through them.

The reward is waiting for the ones who are not afraid of obstacles.

Affirmation for today: Today I accept my obstacles with grace.

Extracts taken from ‘Recovery Now’  http://www.marinotherapycentre.com/weekly-recovery-suggestions/