Many have been pushed to the end of their rope. Or so they think. In fact, we are capable beyond our wildest imagination. We have been taught that we are limited. In fact, when times get tough, many people get innovative. How do you respond when you are facing a major challenge with difficult odds?
I need abilities I don’t have! I must dig deep into the skills and capabilities that I have never had before.
“Where there is a will, there is a way.”
I have learned that, whenever I face a problem, solutions emerge, often out of nowhere. It is easy to say, “That’s impossible.” Yes, from what we have been taught in school, this may be true. It is impossible for a computer to think outside its programming. The analytical mind, like a computer can only solve programs it was programmed to solve. 1+1=2. If the TV news says it, it must be true. In fact, we are much more than our analytical mind. We are much more than a human animal as defined by doctors and biochemistry. We are also much more than our unconscious traumas and preconceived limitations tell us.
Desperation! Only when the drunk finds himself in the gutter might he see the life he has created and choose to stand up and leave behind his baggage of shame, guilt, inadequacy, and victimhood. Only when he chooses to stand up out of the mud does a new world of potential open to him. We may have been taught that we need only take a drink, get a job as a burger server or an engineer, then pay the rent and drink a beer. Then all will be well.
In accepting this perspective we become but the shadow of human potential. When a child is in danger, a mother stands up against all odds, against unknown challenges, and figures it out. This is the way forward for each of us with every challenge. Use every obstacle to pull new skills, methods, courage, and whatever is needed to meet the obstacle fully and overcome it, becoming more than we ever thought we could be. Without challenge, even the most pleasant life quickly becomes old. In times of darkness, we can choose to remain the victim. Or we can take heart, trust that Spark, do our best, and know that the Universe has our back.
We are infinite potential masquerading as victims and pack animals. Humans thrive on challenge, the bigger the better. The more we persevere, the more we become. We discover skills we never had before. Hopeless challenges birth miracle workers.
We are the spark of the Creator. Only when we engage fully in seemingly hopeless challenges will that spark shine brightly. It is then that the creative genius lying dormant within each of us awakens and shines the Light toward a better way.