Obstacle - ob·sta·cle, noun, something that obstructs or hinders progress.
We all run into them. Big and small. They try to stop us from doing what we want to do; from going where we want to go.
How we handle obstacles says a lot about who we are. For some, they're a reason to quit, a convenient excuse. For others, they're simply something to be gone over, under, around or through.
Any way you can.
Those of you who have been with me for a few months know we have a new family member, a little Jack Russell terrier named Sophie. Sophie has her own way of dealing with obstacles.
Sophie loves to go on long walks. Perhaps that's not the correct phrase since these outings involve a lot more stopping and sniffing than actual walking, but you know what I mean. Sophie spends a considerable amount of time checking the canine message boards located on most trees, sign posts, and fire hydrants, and leaving her replies. Rather like reading a blog and leaving a comment.
But Sophie has a small problem. She's...well...small.
A number of the messages she wants to respond to have obviously been posted by much taller dogs. These message boards seem to be a couple feet off the ground, where as Sophie's...um...message generator is only at about six inches.
A lesser dog might be discouraged or even limit herself to responding to messages on the lower boards.
When confronted with this small issue of height, Sophie turns into:
She simply executes a perfect handstand on her front paws and holds it until her message is sent. And then we move on.
Although not perfectly clear in these pictures, I assure you Sophie does not cheat by bracing one rear foot against the tree, post, hydrant, etc. She stands there perfectly balanced as long as she needs to.
I'd like to say I handle all the obstacles that come into my life with such style and grace, but it just wouldn't be true.
I've never been able to do a handstand either.
How about you? How do you handle life's little obstacles?
Have a great weekend.
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