The other night I was giving a talk on personal branding. And I guess, in being objective, one might take me at first glance as being a bit of a Pollyanna. I mean, I am an optimist – no question. I do believe everything in life has a purpose – even the really shitty stuff and when tragedy enters my life, I work (and I write) until I get the answers that I need and desire, about why.
So during the Q&A portion one gal raised her hand and said “this is all nice and everything, but what about obstacles…?”
Oh yes – great question!
Now cutting myself a little slack, in a 20 minute talk I have to be selective about what points I’m going to make, however, it was good insight for me that my talk was all “nice”. Because let’s face it, from our human perspective, life simply isn’t always nice.
My acronym for life is:
Lessons – In – Fucking – Everything
It’s university for the soul. And our soul isn’t interested in theory – it craves experience. Furthermore, the soul carries no judgement. That whole: good vs. bad/ obstacle vs. ease/ light vs. dark – that doesn’t come from the soul, the soul sees everything as an experience – it just is.
Now I don’t claim to be the keeper of all wisdom, nor do I believe I know it all. But here’s what I’ve learned so far.
Obstacles have been strategically placed right in your path by your soul.
Their purpose is your evolution.
Your evolution occurs when you walk forward, straight in to the obstacle. When you feel all the emotions the obstacle has the ability to bring up in you. And just when you think you can’t take it, like you want to run back, like the pain of the feelings are too much – you see the light, the opening, the other side.
Obstacles are rabbit holes for your personal growth and on the other side is a new WONDERLAND.
So buckle up, lean in and know in your heart – you CAN handle it.
See you on the other side….