The Obstacle is the Way 4
Life happens FOR me not to me. (Tony Robbins)
Fragments from imaginary dialogues
“I remember the first time I read this quote. It didn’t make sense. All I could think of were counter-examples.”
“Did it start making sense?”
“I’ve since realized that man is a Creator of Meaning.
There’s a concept I like a lot from Alan Watts, what he called ‘axioms of living‘, an implicit set of rules and assumptions that guide our life. As a side note, I’ve expanded the concept to include what I called ‘axioms of being‘, implicit metaphysical assumptions about the nature of reality.
Even if the quote did not make sense back then, I realized there’s a huge potential in it. I realized how powerful it would be if integrated as an axiom of living.”
“Did you manage to realize that potential?”
“To a large extent, yes.”
“EVERY challenge we face in life can be metaphorically viewed as an obstacle.
EVERY obstacle is an opportunity to learn and grow.
We NEED obstacles in order to grow and realize our potential. Obstacles are ESSENTIAL.
In Ryan Holiday’s words, ‘The Obstacle is the Way‘. This has become one of my central axioms of living, which I now have tattooed on my left forearm.
Obstacles are essential to our growth, and life constantly presents us with obstacles. I choose to believe that life presents us with obstacles SO THAT we may grow. This has become another of my central axioms of living.
With this axiom in place, EVERY obstacle becomes a Gift, something to be profoundly grateful for.
Can you see how powerful this can be?”