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Potholes and challenges…

In Other Words

“Stop worrying about the potholes in the road
and celebrate the journey”
Barbara Hoffman

I have had more than a few potholes in the road on my journey. Most of the potholes have been passed by without major incident or injury and others caused some scrapes and bruises. Sometimes the potholes came in a series one after another and that made the little irritations seem worse.  There were times that the road was smooth for a while then there would be a big pothole right in the middle.  More like a crater than a pothole. The crater type holes caused some big problems and were challenges. Those holes I would fall into and have to crawl my way out and often needed help to get out. I think my journey’s road has had more bumps than holes. Either way I am glad to be on the road.

The journey has not been an easy one with it’s challenges of bumps, potholes, and craters. Most could have been avoided if I had been more attentive or less rebellious; ignoring the road signs or completely refusing to follow the rules of the road. That’s probably the greatest challenge I have had, learning to heed the signs and follow the rules. I can’t say I have overcome that challenge but then it would be boring if I never followed my heart and did what I want sometimes.  Looking back I can say most challenges I am grateful to have had and met head-on. Most but not all.  Some just need to be bulldozed into a crater and paved over!

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7 thoughts on “Potholes and challenges…

  1. I loved your analogies to the ups and downs of life’s journey! Like you, I’ve had plenty of bumps and potholes, and a few that need to be pushed into that crater! I totally agree that much it my struggle was about not heeding road signs and thinking I could do everything on my own without listening to advice or asking for help. I’m older and a little bit wiser not (probably not a lot), and the road has smoothed out considerably in recent years, though I still find myself flying off the curves now and then when I forget to let God do the driving!

    1. Flying off the curves…I can so relate. I will ponder and wonder and think then just take off in a totally different direction. Sometimes it works sometimes not. At least I have been better about avoiding the craters.

  2. I love your reference to bulldozing and filling the pothole with pavement. We really do learn from some of those deep one,s don’t we?

    1. We do learn some hard lessons. Some of my craters seemed to go to the center of the earth. Youth was troublesome for me or maybe I should say I was trouble in my youth.

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