“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.” ― Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture
Traveling through my life, I have faced many brick walls. Believing in my heart that one thing is my destiny only to meet a closed door has challenged me to question the paths that I have chosen. It is with these times of introspection that I am faced with two choices, follow my intuition to find other avenues to seek the dream I hold dearly or just give up. My life experience has shown me that during these times in life, when I go to my center to hear what my soul is telling me, I can truly hear what next step I should take. I then can embrace the brick wall, not as a rejection, but as a temporary pause in my life where I reinforce my intention, refocus on my dream and re-energize my spirit so that the next chapter to my story is one of determination and glory. And when I see what I face with open eyes, I will find a way over, around or through that obstacle because I am clear as to the direction I will take. And when I am clear, I am often reminded of the wise words of my young daughter as she sang to me in my darkest hour, “never give up, never ever give up!” Because yes, there will be walls in my life that at first seem insurmountable, however, when I combine sheer will with a faith that is greater than myself, I face any obstacle and see it not as a block but as an opportunity to learn how strong I really am. Building on that foundation, I am able to face any challenge that comes my way, look at it for what it is worth, and see the grace and blessings that the lesson can show me. So instead of beating myself up and banging my head against the wall as many do when doors close, I begin to look for the window or door that is open wide or the ladder that is there waiting for me. Or perhaps, the wall simply disappears because it all is just an illusion to weed out those who don’t want their dreams bad enough. And, as I I move forward on the journey through life, as I surpass many challenges, I begin to believe that the windows, doors and ladders will always be there waiting to help me, I just need to look and not quit. And, I believe that angels will guide me along my way with an inner belief in myself to follow my purpose that is too strong for me to ignore. Because I know that I want bad enough to follow my bliss and make the most of my time in this world. Perhaps the question this morning is, do you? See the brick wall for what it is and stand fast in the knowledge that you will succeed no matter what in realizing your dreams. For I know on the other side, magic and miracles await you! And having surpassed the wall and having embraced the gifts, I can assure you that it feels so good! Have a wonderful day!