The Wisdoms Project


Obstacles


At first glance, many desired happenings, goals and results seem to have insurmountable barriers that seem to prevent us from achieving what we want.  It is so easy to contemplate our inadequacies….in time, in knowledge, in resources, whatever….and to rationalize our inability to get what we want.

      I have often found that by refusing to acknowledge an obstacle….by moving ahead, sometimes even bull-headedly, gets me on a road that leads straight to the goal.  I’m not very athletic and I’ve never worn their shoes, but I sure like their slogan….“Just Do It”….to get through or around obstacles in my path.

 
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Don't let what you cannot do interfere with what you can do.
    John Wooden

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You won't even get started if you wait for all the conditions to be “just right.”

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Successful people are simply those who understand that there is little difference between obstacle and opportunity and are able to turn both to their advantage.
                            Victor Kiam

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Obstacles are those frightful things you see
…. when you take your eyes off your goal.
Henry Ford

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The only good luck that many great people ever had
was being born with the ability and determination to overcome bad luck.
    
           Channing Pollock

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Difficulties meet us at every turn. They are the accompaniment of life.  Out of pain grow the violets of patience and sweetness. The marvelous richness of human experience would lose some of its rewarding joy if there were no limitations to overcome.
Helen Keller
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Not everything that is faced can be changed.  But nothing can be changed until it is faced.
                                                                                                          James Baldwin

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Stand up to your obstacles and do something about them.
You will find that they haven’t half the strength you think they have.
Norman Vincent Peale

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I can be changed by what happens to me, but I refuse to be reduced by it.
Maya Angelou
                                                               

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The harder the conflict, the more glorious the triumph.
What we obtain too cheaply, we esteem too lightly.
    Thomas Paine

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Resilience is an important factor in living. The winds of life may bend us, but if we have resilience of spirit, they cannot break us. To courageously straighten again after our heads have been bowed by defeat, disappointment and suffering is the supreme test of character.

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The really happy person is the one who can still enjoy the scenery
when they have to take a detour.

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‘Tis easy enough to be pleasant when life flows along like a song,
but the person worth while is the one who will smile
when everything goes dead wrong.
Ella Wheeler Wilcox

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Chronic remorse is a most undesirable sentiment.
                                Rolling in the mud is not the best way of getting clean.

Aldous Huxley

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If you can't fight with it and you can't flee from it….flow with it.

 
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If we do not succeed in changing things according to our desire, sometimes our desire gradually changes. The situation that we hoped to change because it was intolerable becomes unimportant. If we have not managed to surmount the obstacle, as we were absolutely determined to do, life often takes us around it….leads us past it and if we turn around to gaze at the remote past, we can barely catch sight of it, so imperceptible has it become.
Marcel Proust

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If my stuttering during my childhood and teenage years taught me anything, it’s that everybody has problems and that learning to share them is essential.  Hiding pain and living with anxiety requires an enormous amount of energy.  Sharing it is liberating.  By identifying with someone else’s struggle, you learn that you’re not alone….that your fear isn’t some big terror out there, tormenting only you.  The laws of compensation are critical.  If you can’t do something well, focus on something else.  If the path you’re following doesn’t inspire you, try following your imagination.
Carly Simon

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To bear up under loss.
To fight the bitterness of defeat and the weakness of grief.
To be a victor over anger.
To smile when tears are close.
To resist disease and evil people and base instincts.
To hate hate and to love love.
To go on when it would seem good to die.
To look up with unquenchable faith in something ever more about to be.
That is what any person can do, and be great.
    Zane Grey

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There are some people for whom a staggering emotional, physical or financial shock, instead of making them invalids for life, seems to awaken, to galvanize, to arouse them into an incredible level of activity.
William McFee

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Each handicap is like a hurdle in a steeplechase
….and when you ride up to it
….if you throw your heart over, the horse will go along, too.

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Every problem has in it the seeds of its own solution.
    Norman Vincent Peale

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Misfortune does not always come to injure.
    Italian Proverb

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A gem is not polished without friction….nor is a being realized without trials.
    Chinese Proverb

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If it's not one thing, it's another.
Gilda Radner

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The French drink much more wine than do the British, Canadians or Americans
….but the British, Canadians and Americans have much more heart disease.

The Italians eat much more fat than do the British, Canadians or Americans
….but the British, Canadians and Americans have much more heart disease.

The Japanese eat much fewer salads than do the British, Canadians or Americans
….but the British, Canadians and Americans have much more heart disease.

It seems that you can eat and drink what you want
….it’s speaking English that kills you!

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          Get out of your way!

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    To get to your impossible destination, you have to focus on only the immediate point in front of you.  Forget everything else surrounding that point and you will get to where you’re going.
Carlos Castaneda

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    Live through this day only.  Do not tackle all of life’s problems at once.  You can do some things for twelve hours that would appall you if you felt that you had to keep them up for a lifetime.

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Once people are caught up in an event, they cease to be afraid.
Only the unknown frightens us.
   Antoine de Saint-Exupery

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If there is no struggle there is no progress.
Those who profess to favor freedom
and yet renounce controversy
are people who want crops
without ploughing the ground.
Frederick Douglass