— Eleanor Roosevelt
A story about the Tarot’s Princess of Wands suggests she had to learn to become so courageous, she could fly naked against all opposition. As the Princess crumbled all barriers to her goals, she dragged by the tail the giant tiger, the fears she’d slain. See Princess of Wands
Stepping Stones are large, flat rocks that allow crossings of streams or rivers. They can also be turning points, highlights and moments of truth. If ‘Stepping Stone’ were a crossword clue, Wordplay’s Crossword Solver suggests ‘isle,’ a stepping stone for a giant. [Imagine being big enough to need an island-sized footpath.]
If ‘Stumbling Block’ were a crossword clue, Wordplay’s Crossword Solver provides 30 solutions, including: roadblock, hurdle, snag, barrier and fly in the ointment.
I hunted for some wisdoms about obstacles and found:
- Take a limitation and turn it into an opportunity. Take an opportunity and turn it into an adventure. – Jo Franz
- A new challenge keeps the brain kicking and the heart ticking. – E. A. Bucchianeri
- You never know how strong you are, until being strong is your only choice. – Bob Marley
- Know that there is something inside you that is greater than any obstacle. – Christian Larson
- More quotes about obstacles.
So, how can obstacles be overcome? Psychology Today offers eleven ways, including:
- STOP: Stop. Take a Step Back Observe. Proceed Mindfully.
- Find Meaning. Ask: What lesson can be learned?
- Set Small Goals that can add up to a big achievement.
- Read more.
While in his mid 40s, knowing he had six months of health left, CMU Professor Randy Pausch presented his last lecture. He said many fun and uplifting things. One inspiring reminder was:
Let’s ZOOM chat for 40 minutes, First THURSDAY, November 4th, 7pm
Lots to discuss, including thoughts about “Eleanor’s Insights” and this month’s book, Caroline Myss’ Invisible Acts of Power, Channeling Grace in Everyday Life.
Zoom Link will be sent day before Chat. See you soon!
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Saturday, October 16: National Dictionary Day Noah Webster was born on this date. Did you know that this teacher created the first dictionary in order to define the differences between American and British English?
Beyond that purpose, learning words empowers. As the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein said, “The limits of my language mean the limits of my world.” [More words, bigger world.]
Sunday, October 17: National Pay Back A Friend Day Bank of America created this day to remind that no matter how long it’s been or how much or little is owed, friendships are greater than any debt, especially since research shows money can be a key stressor in friendships.
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