Feb 19, 2018
A friend emailed me this week with some of
the struggles that he has been going through. As I was
helping him; I found that I was also helping myself. Join us
today as we talk about overcoming life’s hurdles. The answer may
not be as hard as you think.
One of the members of Surging
Forward, I will call him “Freddy”, emailed me saying that
every time he tries to get ahead something always happens. He
is having issues with his truck and then his job sends him to a job
site further from his home. He said that it is a constant struggle
and that he is almost at the point of burnout.
The email came at a time when
I also was going through a lot of issues myself. I was
working too many hours, and having computer issues with endless
hours of troubleshooting as to why a Windows update had caused my
computer to be in an endless loop. Though I did not really
know how I could help Freddy as I was feeling the same but for very
different reasons; I set up a phone call. Freddy shared that
things were going well and then all of a sudden everything hit at
one time. He asked, how do I get over this hurdle?
As I spoke with Freddy,
I realized that we all have hurdles of one type or another.
They seem to sabotage the success that we were experiencing.
It seems like we run into a brick wall and you just want to
quit. And it seems, that there is no way for you to win or
achieve your goal that earlier seemed within reach.
I reminded Freddy that life
happens. There are many things that happen that we have no
control over. For example: those of us that work in the trades,
have no control of the job location or of how far from home that
the work may take us. Sometimes we even need to travel to another
state. We also have no control over the weather so we often work in
extreme cold or heat. Many times we are working so many hours that
we don’t have time to do the maintenance on our vehicles so they
break down leaving us stranded. And they always seem to breakdown
in the middle of nowhere or like the computer issues that I am
experiencing at a very busy time. Why do these things
curse is on me, that want to stop me from
We All Go Through
After listening to Freddy and
thinking of all the things going on with me at the same time, I
realized that we all go through tough times and many times it
just small things adding up together that make the brick
wall. There is nothing hindering us or trying to stop us; it
is just simply “life”. We just have to step back from the issue for
a moment and then look at it again and find a solution. Just
because you cannot get over that hurdle/wall at this moment does
not mean that you cannot find a solution and push over it later. It
is so easy to get into the poor little old me attitude, but think
about those that depend on you or believe in you. At the times when
we want to give up we really need to say I will “Keep Surging
Forward” and I will find a solution to the issue at hand. This is
what makes you stronger and able to handle the issues of tomorrow.
got back with me a couple of days later and said that he solved the
issue with his truck by carpooling with a friend. And the
funny thing is that during their car rides, they are discussing
electrical code and this is helping Freddy learn the code so he can
pass his test for his electrical license. Funny how this all work
out! What are
your hurdles in life? We all have them.
Take a step back and then find
a solution. Life is going to happen. We cannot solve
everything, but we can pursue and solve the ones we can and this
will help us to Keep Surging Forward.
Until next week keep Surging
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