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Sometimes taking a step backwards is the fastest way to move forward

Push hard against a wall and it only resists you more. A problem in your way can feel like a brick wall that appears out of no where. You were doing fine, just coasting along when you suddenly felt the resistance in front of you. In these situations we often try to push the wall down. Our minds determined that nothing can slow us down or prevent us from moving forwards. But not every wall in front of you is a bad thing.

When a wall stops our progress we are forced to stop and re-evaluate what we are doing, where we have come from and where we are trying to go. Most of the times, without the wall, we would have continued on the same course, confident it was the right direction. But I have often found that when stopped by a wall I realize that maybe, just maybe, the way I was heading was not exactly the right course. So I step back from the wall and take a long look at my life, before deciding on the next course of action. Most times I am grateful for the wall. It was obviously placed in my way as a reminder that just plowing through life is not the most ideal way to grow as a person, nor learn the valuable lessons along the way.

So next time you hit a wall, don’t think of it as stopping your progress in life, which we all often do. But rather, as a way of telling you that maybe, just maybe, there is a better way to go, or at the very least make us sure that we are on the right path.

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