Speaking about obstacles: If you want the rainbow, you gotta put up with the rain. Dolly Parton

Without the resistance of air, an airplane couldn’t fly; it would fall out of the sky. It’s the resistance of water on the propeller of the boat that propels a boat. If your life were obstacle-free, would you have any traction for forward movement? Obstacles are opportunities for success. Without the dynamics of circumstances, creative tension wouldn’t be called into action. Without the desire to move fast, we wouldn’t have developed the combustible engine. Without the need for swifter communication, there wouldn’t have been computers. Without exile, the world would not know the spiritual leadership of His Holiness the Dalai Lama. The purpose of the obstacle is to call forth from within you that which is greater than that which is in this world.

Your difficulties may stop you momentarily but you are the only one who can stop yourself permanently. Who you are is more important than the difficulty at hand. The circumstance may appear bigger or smaller depending on the consciousness of the one experiencing it. It is the magnitude of consciousness that allows some to come through their financial challenges or life-threatening illness while others don’t. There is no large or small in the mind of God.

Spiritual Contemplation: What difficulties are you facing that have you feeling like throwing your hands up and saying, “Forget it”? Go within and find that inner strength that knows it’s greater than anything you are facing and call it into action in your life.

Affirmation: That which is within me is greater than that which is in the world!