“The only use of an obstacle is to be overcome. All that an obstacle does with brave men is, not to frighten them, but to challenge them.” ~ Woodrow Wilson
One of my greatest delights is watching my children face and overcome obstacles. It is an essential part of the learning process and for that matter of the development of character.
I’ve long maintained that the ability to overcome obstacles translates directly into the capacity for handling adversity. Overcoming the little challenges puts you in position to meet the grander difficulties in life with confidence and grace, so it is never wise to snub your nose at the seemingly insignificant opportunities that come your way to engage in fresh activity.
It saddens me when I meet someone who has decided to stop trying new things. Where this decision is made the bell curve that is life peaks. What follows is typically a precipitous drop earthward, the fast track to the grave. Life is meant to be an ongoing stream of new and exciting challenges, that the life of the individual might progress from glory unto glory.
Last night my eldest son played with a new Erector Set while my youngest tinkered with a new Roy Toy building set. It was fascinating to see how they engaged with this fresh activity, applying what they knew to master the unknown that lay before them.
There is no point in fearing obstacles, in fact, they should be welcomed whenever you are lucky enough to have one come your way. They can and should have the effect of galvanizing you into action, of motivating you to marshal your resources so that you can take new ground in the living of life.