Obstacles in our Path

Pushing the Obstacle out of the Path.

Pushing an Obstacle out of the Path.

In ancient times, a King had a boulder placed on a roadway. Then he hid himself and watched to see if anyone would remove the huge rock. Some of the king’s wealthiest merchants and courtiers came by and simply walked around it. Many loudly blamed the King for not keeping the roads clear, but none did anything about getting the stone out of the way.

Breathless and weary, a lonely jogger approached, contemplating the situation.  Upon nearing the boulder, the runner paused and tried to move the stone to the side of the road. After much pushing and straining, she finally succeeded. After the young jogger stretched and started to quicken her pace, she noticed a purse lying in the road where the boulder had been. The purse contained many gold coins and a note from the King indicating that the gold was for the person who removed the boulder from the roadway. The runner learned what many of us never understand – “Every obstacle presents an opportunity to improve our condition.”

This humbling parable condenses the enormity of human emotions involved in the struggles and trials of life to the simplicity of stating you will find a treasure when you take the time to move an obstacle along the path of your journey.  The human condition is such that we are weak and tired, often lacking the persistence and strength to “move the boulder.”  The way we chose to proceed when difficulties arise is what sets us apart from one another.  Those who are bold enough to face problems fearlessly are rewarded in the end, in spite of all the difficulties they face.

What is your boulder?  What is your stressor?

What do you see as the obstacle in your path?  Be they financial, relationship problems, school situations, family issues, alcohol, drugs, acute or chronic health conditions, unemployment, perfectionism — they all need you to take control and act.

Push.  Move that boulder out of your path.

This tale may be a little different than some versions you have previously read; it remains one of my favorites as well as one I have used in previous writings.  Obstacles and life challenges can appear out of nowhere.  They come and go in our lives.  Stress is simply a normal part of life. But if left unchecked, stress can lead to emotional, psychological, and even physical problems, including heart disease and high blood pressure.  Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the United States.

Current research in the Huffington Post illustrates just how important the management of stress is. This study shows that having a stress-prone personality could seriously up your risk for heart disease.  It stated:

“The new research, conducted in a large Danish population, found that people who are ‘mentally vulnerable’ — meaning they are more susceptible to stress — are at a significantly higher risk for both fatal and non-fatal heart events. The study’s findings were presented on April 18 in Rome at the EuroPRevent 2013 congress.”

The author further affirmed that eliminating or managing triggers to chronic stress could play an significant role in reducing the risk of heart disease.

The question is: What can you do to protect and nourish your cardiovascular system?

How can you be ready to approach the boulder in your life’s path?

♥Eat right.
♥Exercise often.
♥Rest well
♥Enjoy the moment.
♥Protect your heart.
♥Stay determined.  Set goals and keep them in focus.
♥Don’t forget to breathe deeply, smile broadly, laugh loudly.
♥Get up each day and greet the morning.
♥Know your values and live by them.
♥Pace yourself, and take time out for YOU!
♥Radiate optimism.
♥Choose happiness, even if you wake up late, spill your coffee, realize your gas tank is almost empty…
♥Embrace it all.
♥Thrive and accept the joy of a new day.
♥Push it all away and recognize the reward.

It is all good for your heart!  The power of overcoming your obstacles can present some amazing opportunities that are as rich as the gold the runner found under the boulder.  There are amazing adventures in life if we just open our eyes and see the gifts in front of us.  I happened upon this YouTube that sums my thoughts so precisely.  I hope you have time to view  it as I know it will lend a peaceful contentment to your day.

Think it through it now.  What is your plan of action when a boulder is thrown down the path you journey?  Never, ever give up!  Move that boulder!  The reward awaits…

Please share your methods and magic for moving boulders.

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