We all have plans. We make them every day, every hour, every minute. We all have things we want to do, need to do, dream to do. However, every day, every hour, every minute things pop up in our lives that get in the way of those things. These are roadblocks to our goals. Imagine you’re driving somewhere (without Waze or Google Maps) and you knew a certain road led somewhere, but when you get so far you find that there is a massive tree blocking your path. What do you do? Do you turn around and give up, go back home, and pout that you can’t get to where you want to go or do you pause and assess the situation and find a way around the roadblock.
You’ve probably heard it many times before, “it’s not the situations in our lives that define us, it’s how we respond to them.” Roadblocks and seriously defeat us. Even the most strong willed individuals can be broken down by the right roadblock. These roadblocks can be big or they can be small. I know, personally and transparent here, before I was prescribed and consuming my anti-depressants the smallest things would derail my day. I could be rocking and rolling all day and making big moves and then while making dinner, I drop my spoon on the floor. I have plenty of spoons, but something about that minor roadblock would break me. I use this example to show that there is no maximum or minimum to the roadblocks in life.
For my small roadblocks and for some big ones, being diagnosed with depression and treated for it became a solution. Not everyone is in that boat and those daily pills don’t solve all my problems. One non-prescription method to overcoming roadblocks is the pause method. This is another thing we always hear and it sounds so easy to do, but can be incredibly hard. When a roadblock pops up, breath. Take a moment and count to ten, fifteen, twenty-five, two-hundred. However many seconds it takes, count. This will give your brain time to catch up with the problem and begin to find a solution or a way around.
Sometimes roadblocks are actually the solution to another problem. Roadblocks can lead us down a better path than the one we were on. This is when practicing patience and observation can come into handy. When you allow your life to slow down, even in the fast paced world of it all, and when you take time to look around and not just straight ahead you will often see a different perspective and it will lead you to greater things.
I like to keep these short so you can take what I wrote and get onto applying them to your life. You will encounter a roadblock today. They are as certain as death and taxes. When that roadblock comes pause, breath, look around, and practice patience. I can’t tell you what you’ll see, but I can almost guarantee that you will see or find something better than the roadblock itself.