When obstacles block your path

Walking along a trail by the Deschutes River I watched the water flow swiftly downstream. It was a gorgeous day with sunshine, blue skies, new spring light green growth on the trees, baby ducklings, and a gentle breeze. Magnificent! I noticed a boulder in the middle of the river. An obstacle for sure.

What did the river do?   fast-flowing-river-moves around-rock

Did it make a big hissy fit over this big rock blocking its path? Yell out, “hey, who put this thing here?”

No. It. Didn’t.

It flowed right on around that rock like it wasn’t even there. No muss. No fuss.

What it did do was take the path of least resistance.

Teaching moment right here!

How often in your life are you going along doing your thing, and an obstacle pops up in your work, with a friend, or a significant other?

What’s the first thing you do when you notice this problem?

Do you scream, yell (internally or externally), point fingers, fume, stress, give up?

What do you normally do? Really think about this.

And how is what you normally do working for you?

If it isn’t working, maybe it’s time to do something different.

What if the simplest, the easiest path, really is the one of least resistance?

Like the water.

It didn’t get upset at the rock. It shifted.

Then just flowed around it, easy breezy.


What a perfect question to ask the next time something happens that seems to block your forward movement.

What is the path of least resistance here?

It could be seeing the problem from a new angle, talking to someone for an opinion, or possibly just going in a whole different direction.

Maybe the obstacle isn’t even a problem to be solved, but an invitation to see with new eyes or act in a different way.

Ooooooooooh!- This is such a good question.

What obstacle has shown up in your life? What is your path of least resistance? Leave a comment on the blog below, or email me, coachwithsusan@hotmail.com.

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