It doesn’t matter what one calls them – roadblocks, walls, or hurdles – life is filled with obstacles. Not a single person is immune. Trouble does not differentiate by race, creed, color, gender or socioeconomic status (though some groups will have higher levels, without a doubt.)
Everyone faces obstacles. They are inescapable. The thing that differentiates us from one another – the burning question for today is: how do we deal with them?
I realize that this topic is a bit cliché. I am sure it’s been done to death. So then why did I decide to bore you with yet another “you can do it” essay? Simple: I had to swallow some of my own medicine lately.
My week started off well. I almost thought I was completely on track. I was finally getting exercise. I was meditating to lessen stress. I was taking care of my loved ones. My work (writing) was going well. And I was reaching out to fellow bloggers and making new friends—what could be better?
Then I got sick – nothing major, but my exercise was put on hold. Bit by bit, my careful plan was being derailed. Stress increased. Work suffered. That is when I had to switch to “Survival Mode,” where your goal shifts from making progress to “just hanging in there.”
Then came the “final straw.” Over the weekend, my computer – essential to my work – died. My hard drive decided to stop working. And while I am sure this has happened to many of you (and you understand how troublesome this can be), this was especially crushing to me as I have been working on a novel about my father and had not backed up the latest portion onto external memory (stupid me – I know.)
I felt “Panic Mode” setting in. This was the single most important thing I have ever written and I wasn’t sure if I could recover it. I began to wonder if this was a sign from God to drop the project. I wasn’t sure if I could rewrite what might have been lost. It’s one thing to recreate simple files, but to recapture the feeling and creativity – well, things like that don’t happen all the time.
I tried to stay calm, but it was a losing battle. All that I could think about was how would I solve this problem.
That is when I realized the great opportunity before me – the chance to learn and grow and make my life better. This was a test for me, and I was determined to pass it. I told myself to not worry about how long it took to solve the problem. I told myself not to worry about the cost (I had to buy a new computer.) I told myself to stay focused on the goal: retrieving or recreating the book and developing a better way of working in the future.
At this point in time, I am not sure if I can get the files back. I don’t know how long it is going to take me to fix all the problems that happened. But I do know a few things: I am stronger than I thought, I will not panic about this, and I will get it done!
I will be plunging into this project head first and I will succeed!