Daily Touch of Inspirations
June 30th: The Obstacle is the way
Ryan Holiday, The 366 Meditations on Wisdom, Perseverance, and the Art of Living
Today, things will happen that will be contrary to your plans. If not today, then certainly tomorrow. As a result, of these obstacles, you will not be able to do what you planned. This is not as bad as it seems, because your mind is infinitely elastic and adaptable. You have the power to use the Stoic exercise of turning obstacles upside down, which takes one negative circumstance and use it as an opportunity to practice an unintended virtue or form of excellence.
If something prevents your from getting to your destination on time, then this is a chance to teach a valuable lesson.
If a computer glitch erases your work, it's a chance to start over with a clean state.
If someone hurts you, it's a chance to practice forgiveness.
If something is hard, it is a chance to get stronger.
Try this line of thinking and see whether there is situation in which one could not find some virtue to practice or derive some benefit. There isn't one. Every impediment can advance action in some form or another.