Obstacles along one’s path are inevitable. It’s how we choose to manage those obstacles that matters.
One day a while back while attempting to go hiking with my #1 girl Izee, we came across more than one in my obstacle. Obstacles that had us pause, pivot and try again.
We were planning on hiking this one trail that lead us to the river. There is a gravel road with 2 creek crossings, which I have driven through before with my front wheel drive Element but on this day…there was no way I was going to attempt it. The creek water was so high it was more than halfway up the tires.
Here was the first pivot. We parked before the first creek crossing with the confidence that we could find a place to cross the creek on foot. Now, mind you, it was still chilly outside so walking through the creek was not a smart option that day. Izzee and I walked up and down the creek in both directions looking for a way to cross…no luck.
Here came pivot #2 and Izzee was not happy about getting back in the car so quickly.
We drove around to the other side of the river to hike a different trail, one that we have been on a few times before. We arrived and everything seemed good to go for hiking this trail. As we made our way through the trail we came upon a few more obstacles – more than a trail wide muddy water pits, high river levels, and a 6’ wide and 4’ deep washed out trail.
You could say these became pivots #3, 4 and 5.
Instead of allowing these obstacle to deter us from our adventure, we, without hesitation, choose to find a different way and worked our way around forging our own path. All and all it turned out to be a beautiful day in nature with my girl Izzee with some lessons along the way.
As I drove home in silence, I pondered this life lesson and asked myself, ‘why am I able to step back, reassess, pivot and move forward so easily in nature adventures and physical based situations yet find it daunting and sometimes deflating in areas of business and in my personal life?’
It became apparent that day that the work begins here. Looking at each obstacle from the same view I use in nature. Learning to pause before reacting, to assess the situation from a bird’s eye view and with non-preference, then take steps in the direction towards that goal/dream/edge even if those steps are taking the long way or the way less traveled.
No, it’s not always easy nor am I always successful. That’s why it’s called work. It’s a daily practice.
It’s how one addresses these obstacles that matters. Ask yourself, is the solution you are choosing for the obstacle moving you closer or further away from your life’s edges or is the solution just taking a different route than you prefered but ultimately leading you closer to that edge?