The Obstacle is the Path

The mind adapts and converts to its own purposes the obstacle to our acting. The impediment to action advances action. What stands in the way becomes the way. – Marcus Aurelius

We will never be who we need to be until we go through the fires of adversity. For it is the heat the purifies the gold.

We look at obstacles in the wrong way. We think we should avoid them or remove them. But sometimes what we need to do is embrace them.

The obstacle is the path. Not sometimes, but always. It is what is real, it is the present lesson. “What stands in the way becomes the way.”

It is in dealing with obstacles that we learn about ourselves. We learn about our weaknesses, our strengths, and where we have not yet surrendered our attempt to control the uncontrollable.

Water does not complain about the rock in its way. It does not stop and worry about it being there. It does not try to move what cannot be moved. It simply flows.

Be like water and flow with reality as it truly is. What you can’t change, embrace.

Published by

Jay N. Forrest

Zen Humanist Teacher.