Make Friends with your Obstacles!

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(Bookshop with very old first editions)

“For a long time it had seemed to me that life was about to begin….

But there was always some obstacle in the way, something to be gotten 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.”

– Alfred Souza.

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(Different bookshop… first editions too but not so old…)

Isn’t that interesting? You know, I am sometimes stopped in my tracks with a great creative idea or plan by the thought of the obstacles. “What about the …?” “I have no…” “but no one would….” Emotionally whacking my creativity over the head. What if I considered the obstacles part of life, of creativity, a normal part of it? Then instead of whacking the creativity, obstacles would be encouraging it…. (Because it does seem odd that creative thought would ever be treated in a cruel way.)

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(I’m making buttons)

So… life and creativity can be lived even if there are obstacles. In fact the obstacles may be a helpful tool that increases determination and creative solution solving! So the question now is… What would you do if you knew that obstacles were a very useful component of your life?

What’s your obstacle today? Mairead.

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2 Responses to Make Friends with your Obstacles!

  1. Juno says:

    Beautiful, beautiful post Mairead! And thank you for sharing Mr. Souza’s quote. Amazing!

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