Obstacles to Opportunities

"Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep you from growing. You get to choose."

I often use this expression in both our practice and also in my life. We usually see obstacles as something that limits, even stops us from achieving whatever it is we want for our lives. If instead we change our perception about the "obstacle" and see it as an "opportunity"  to help us grow wiser, stronger and better than who we were before we ever encountered the obstacle in the first place, we wouldn't be so resistant and quick to pass up the lesson in the first place.

Sometimes our biggest "obstacle" can become our biggest "strength". 

Take, for example, the story of one 10-year-old boy who decided to study judo despite the fact that he had lost his left arm in a devastating car accident.
The boy began lessons with an old Japanese judo master. The boy was doing well, so he couldn't understand why, after three months of training the master had taught him only one move.
"Sensei," the boy finally said, "Shouldn't I be learning more moves?"
"This is the only move you know, but this is the only move you'll ever need to know," the sensei replied.
Not quite understanding, but believing in his teacher, the boy kept training.
Several months later, the sensei took the boy to his first tournament. Surprising himself, the boy easily won his first two matches. The third match proved to be more difficult, but after some time, his opponent became impatient and charged; the boy deftly used his one move to win the match. Still amazed by his success, the boy was now in the finals.
This time, his opponent was bigger, stronger, and more experienced. For a while, the boy appeared to be overmatched. Concerned that the boy might get hurt, the referee called a time-out. He was about to stop the match when the sensei intervened.
"No," the sensei insisted, "Let him continue."
Soon after the match resumed, his opponent made a critical mistake: he dropped his guard. Instantly, the boy used his move to pin him. The boy had won the match and the tournament. He was the champion.

On the way home, the boy and sensei reviewed every move in each and every match. Then the boy summoned the courage to ask what was really on his mind.
"Sensei, how did I win the tournament with only one move?"
"You won for two reasons," the sensei answered. "First, you've almost mastered one of the most difficult throws in all of judo. And second, the only known defense for that move is for your opponent to grab your left arm."

You see, even obstacles have a reason for being. If they are your own, then it is up to you to recognize them and discover the circumstances behind their existence. 
When we start inquiring into what is holding us back from realizing the truth, our truth- we come to the realization that there is really nothing there. There are no obstacles. Nothing is holding us back from awakening. 

All things are possible. Who you are is limited only by who you think you are.

So today let's set our intention to turn obstacles into opportunities by stop saying I wish, and start saying I will-because the best way to predict your future is to create it.