Along our chosen path in life, we will encounter obstacles. How we choose to tackle those hurdles, the attitude we adopt, and the perspective we take, will often determine the outcome ... in the long run.
As I made my transition back to the United States, I decided to take a break from blogging and tweeting to focus my energy on higher priorities. At the end of a long day I never thought "Gosh, I wish I had written a blog post or visited the sites of more of my blogging buddies or spent ten extra minutes on Twitter." However, many of my priorities (spending time with my husband, staying fit, giving my canine kiddies the attention they deserve) bring me so much joy that I was in danger of allowing my break to last a smudge too long.
So I hopped on my computer, eager to do a post for Alex Cavanaugh's Insecure Writer's Support Group. As luck would have it (there are two kinds you know) a "blaster worm" infected my computer while I was searching sites for a quote to include, quite literally stopping me cold. When a trojan hit this past December, I lost everything on my beloved laptop. It took time and money to recover all of my work, but at least I thought I'd met my quota of computer problems for a while. I guess I was wrong.
Faced with this obstacle yet again, I chose to laugh rather than cry, well it was more like a cross between a growl and a psychotic chuckle. I'm no computer expert and knew I would need help to resolve the issue, but I didn't want the problem to derail me from my objective. I searched everywhere through packed belongings to find my iPad and forged ahead with my mission: make a contribution this month to the support group.
Life is too short to shed tears over every bump that crops up on our path. It's also too short to neglect your true priorities or to lose faith in your dreams.
Never give up. Never give in. No matter how big or tough an obstacle may be.
"The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak became a stepping stone in the pathway of the strong." ~ Thomas Carlyle