Life

Think About It

marching cardsI finally found the bastard:  the one that’s been holding me back all these years. Funny thing, but I found him at a most unusual moment years ago.

Yep, it was him all right; the smug demeanor, those wily eyes that wouldn’t look me at me, that goofy grin of innocence. No doubt in my mind I’d found the culprit of crimes against me and there he was, staring back at me thoroughly disguised with shaving foam. It was…Me.

For most of us, Pogo’s lament says it all: “We have met the enemy and he is us.” We all tend to be our worst disablers, our saboteurs if you will. We sometimes prevent ourselves from progressing because we’re so conditioned against it. Patterned behaviors from the past coupled with a desire to meet other’s expectations make it difficult to address, much less accept, the new and different. But any major change in life tends to only happen (or at least happens best) when we’re willing to open ourselves to the universe and accept what is. And that’s hard to do when we stand stoically blocking the path to our own future.

Want to change, progress, succeed? Then get out of the way.

Think about it.

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4 thoughts on “Think About It

  1. A set of wise words, indeed. The only obstacle we have any REAL control over is that face in the mirror. Thanks for sending me on my way with a thoughtful reminder of you, Gary.

    • Gary says:

      Safe travels Joannah! I’ll be following your exploits from here and looking forward to reading about your adventure!

  2. When I hear the advice, “get out of your own way,” I usually think, “No. That doesn’t apply to me.” Occasionally I take the time to give this more thought, and that’s when I realize, “Yes. This does apply to me.”

    No matter what challenge I’m facing, I can usually find something that I, myself, am doing to keep me from overcoming the challenge. I may not be the only one standing in my way, but if I take the time and make the effort to clear the path for myself, I often find that the other people or things standing in the way follow suit. It reminds me of the line in The Serenity Prayer: ” . . . courage to change the things I can.”

    • Gary says:

      Debi – We all face this, despite feeling like we’re helping and not hindering. For me it’s mostly my thinking and when I reflect on what’s going on I realize that I’m quietly making decisions that put me in an inflexible state, thus making me “in the way” when I’m consciously thinking I’m open minded and considering all options. Tain’t true, sometimes! Glad you likes the post.

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