You can overcome obstacles in your life! If you don’t believe that, take some time to think back on your life. Whether or not you did it knowingly and deliberately, I know you have gone through and overcome obstacles, some big and some small. Also, think of people who have no choice but to deal with obstacles on a daily basis. People who have long-term disabilities, for example, will face challenges each and every day. Some people may have lost limbs during a war. Others may have survived a horrific automobile accident. When you think of them, it gives you pause; you stop and think about how blessed you are to not have to endure these disabilities.
We don't have to go too far these days to see people struggling through and overcoming serious, unthinkable tragedies. Hurricanes, earthquakes, fires, mudslides, no water, food, and most recently, the shootings in Vegas. All of these created seemingly insurmountable obstacles. Yet everyday, we hear of heroic acts of support and kindness, survival from what no one could imagine. Humans are a powerful, most resilient species!
You can also read biographies of people who dealt with constant adverse conditions in their lives. One major example is Franklin Delano Roosevelt, who was paralyzed due to polio. This happened when he was 39 years of age.How tragic! He refused to accept that he would never walk again and continued self-therapy. He was convinced that hydrotherapy was a means that helped him considerably and created a rehabilitation center based on this. It exists to this day. Although he never regained the use of his lower body, he developed quite an upper body physique.
There was a time in my life when I had a major obstacle to overcome. Out of the blue, I started experiencing dizziness, especially when I first got up in the morning. Over time, it started extending throughout my day. I would get up from my chair at work and feel as if I was falling. It was so vivid until I would grab the side of the desk to stop my downward spiral. Seconds later, it would go away. It was a pretty scary feeling and it continued over two years, getting worse and worse – to the point where I could not drive and when sleeping at night, I would awake screaming, feeling as if I have been pushed off a tall, tall building. It was wreaking havoc in my life. I finally ‘found’ a doctor; actually, a chiropractor, who helped me recover. He did this through chiropractic services, changing my eating habits, prescribing moderate exercise and nutritional supplements. I also started therapy for some emotional baggage. It took time, yet I was able to regain my life back.
Another example is Stephen Hawking who is completely paralyzed from ALS. This happened when he was 21. He never let this get in the way in his path to learning about the universe and has become a renowned physicist.
You are sure to find more examples by doing a Google search or searching for profiles on Amazon and other booksellers. The internet has a wide range of these stories which can inspire people to continue. Another place to find information is on YouTube. You’ll find plenty of documentary type videos that can give you some insight into the lives of those who had major challenges and overcame them.
The reason I encourage you to read about others is this is a major way to overcome obstacles yourself! When you read about others, it helps you put your own life into perspective. We find that our situations are not as dire as theirs was (or is). Even if they are, we have shown that it is possible to overcome whatever we have come up against. We don’t give up and we continue no matter how difficult we find life to be.
It does take some daring to get over challenges that we face in life. But, when we learn about others we realize that we are not alone and that anything is possible. Take it from me, that when I was in my worse state of stumbling around, having to have people help me walk, enduring all types of torturous medical tests, I made the decision, that I would overcome and that I would never give up!
And, you will make it, too – no matter what you have to overcome – I believe in you!