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Being a “7” on the Enneagram means I love adventure. I don’t often take the well-paved or proven road. We sevens are spontaneous always looking for what’s next. But a less-known fact about sevens is that we sometimes become exhausted by constantly staying on the go. This isn’t a blog about the Enneagram, or even about going off-road in the jeep.
It’s about how we approach obstacles.
I can’t count on both hands how many times my thrill-seeking adventure-hunting instincts have led me to incredible obstacles. One minute, I’m the tour guide and we’re out having the time of our lives. The next I’m knee-deep in mud, digging around for a way out. That part isn’t usually fun, and it often causing conflict with my self-aware, reserved, husband. It baffles his mind that I would continue to go off-road in my jeep after all of the messes I’ve gotten myself in. (To be fair, I now own my own tow ropes and have learned a thing or two about responding quickly when I feel myself sinking.) But I saw this quote the other day and it instantly resonated as something I believe to my core. And not just about mudding in the jeep.
Obstacles are put in your way to see if what you want is really worth fighting for.
Let’s be clear, I’m not one who believes that obstacles are literally “put” in your way, but I firmly believe the obstacles you encounter in this life can be used for your good, if you will allow it. From this side, obstacles sometimes appear like a big, messy arrangement of string. But when you get to the other side, you will see the beautiful tapestry you’ve been weaving all along.
You’ll only get there if you decide that what is on the other side is worth fighting for.
Obstacles aren’t accidents. They’re guideposts. Let them guide you.
What obstacle are you facing today?
How would your perspective about this obstacle change if you determined that the place you’re going is worth fighting for?
How would it change if you decided it isn’t worth fighting for?
It’s worth considering, either way.
to more love,