While researching quotes, I ran across something pretty cool. In fact, this one is so interesting that I have to share.
It’s an old Zen Proverb that goes a little something like this:
“The obstacle is the path.”
At one point, I would have groaned at this quote. It would have made me angry and uncomfortable.
But these days I have a different view. Think about it like this…
We regularly resist obstacles in our lives. But what if the obstacle of anxiety isn’t a bad thing?
Weird concept. Important point of view. Here’s why.
It’s no secret that anxiety is a struggle. At times, it can be downright debilitating.
However, anxiety is also a huge opportunity for growth.
Really, it’s a matter of how you look at it. It’s like flipping a coin.
On one hand, anxiety is an annoyance that holds us back. But on the other hand, it is a gift.
No, I haven’t flipped my lid too. There’s an important reason why I feel this way.
I can honestly say that I’m a better person for the battle. I’m stronger than I ever thought I could be.
Anxiety has made me tougher, more confident, and better adapted to the challenges of life.
But that’s not all. It has also given me a pretty special quality that I bet you possess too.
You see, anxiety has made me an extremely compassionate person.
I look at life through a lens of empathy in all situations. I understand suffering in a way that many do not. What a gift!
And it doesn’t stop there.
With every obstacle that anxiety throws my way, I am forced to adapt.
It’s that or give up, which I’m sure as heck not going to do. Anxiety isn’t going to get the best of me in the longrun. I’m going to fight like a champion.
In truth, most people don’t have this opportunity. Instead, they stay stuck.
Forever caught in a loop of destruction.
But as anxiety sufferers, we have no choice but to overcome the challenges we face. Every single day.
We learn to accept–and overcome– panic, frustration and distress.
Like a horse in a race, we jump the gate and continue on to the next challenge. We move through obstacles. Not always with grace, but we do overcome.
How can you turn the obstacle of anxiety into a growth opportunity?
Go ahead, flip the switch. Don’t hate. Appreciate. Think of it as a gift.
(And yes, this is easier said than done.)
Everyone has something. For us, it’s “The Big A.” How have you grown from your struggles?
I guarantee you that you have grown and changed. You just might not see it.
Accepting the struggle is the eye in the hurricane-waiting for your embrace.
As you go about your day, give this concept a thought. It will change your life. It sure has mine.
As always, I’d love to hear your feedback.