Barriers

Why do we choose stop at barriers to a purposeful and meaningful life? The answer seems like it may seem obvious as a barrier typically implies that we must stop there, but if we take a deeper look at the question, what is it that stops us when a barrier is encountered the reality is we stop our selves as the barrier is approached. This makes sense because forceful collision is rarely a sustainable solution to getting through Barriers, but this is were we run into a problem. Too often we encounter a barrier slow and eventually stop short of the barrier, without even applying any pressure to it, and say our self “I guess that’s as far as I can go”

I’m reminded of an experience in high school, I had a friend that had driven his car on to a wide sidewalk, I can’t remember why, and I was bewildered that he was able to do that. I thought “the curb is too rigid you can’t drive over that”. I mentioned this to my friend positive that there was a driveway somewhere that he use to get on to this side walk. The reality was he encountered the barriers slowly enough that he was able to simple drive up onto the side walk as he needed.

The analogy parallels our lives to often we see a barrier as impassible because we can’t continue through it in the way we drive normally, but if we simply begin with a simple pressure on the barriers we may find that we continue to make progress so long as we don’t take too much too quickly.