Removing the bricks
In a previous post, I wrote about finding yourself up against a brick wall, knowing that there is something on the other side that is going to make life better, but not being able to quite reach it. When that happens to me, that is when my mind goes into overdrive. I think very analytically and as I maneuver through a thought path, when I reach what seems to be a roadblock my mind makes a turn and tries to find another path forward. It is the way I am hardwired and it all starts with a plan.
As I look at the wall as a whole, I try and find the point where the wall would be most fortified. That becomes the last place I try. I then look for chips, cracks, or positions of weakness where I might be able to extract the first brick. When I find that spot I start to chip at it a little bit at a time. I may not be able to remove it at first try, but as I start to chip away at the mortar that holds it, eventually I pry it loose and the path to potentially solving my dilemma starts to become clearer.
Once I have successfully removed the first brick, I move on to the next and the next, until eventually I have created a hole that at least lets me see the other side, even if I may not be able to quite reach it yet. All the work that goes into creating that hole gives me strength and resilience to continue on the path to that which I desire. Eventually, the full path reveals itself and I am able to make my way to the other side of the wall with a sense of accomplishment.
The process does not happen over night. Along the way there are days that seem like the light peering through is never going to fully show itself. Yet, perseverance and dedication to the ultimate goal help drive the success that will ultimately come. Often, there may not be just one wall. It may require getting through several walls to get to the other side. When you do, what an awesome experience it is. Once you have experienced success, it is then necessary to reflect on what put the wall in front of you in the first place and how you keep that wall from presenting itself again.
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