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Weekend Quote: Mental Obstacles

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I love love love this quote/story. I’m not sure who Pierce Vincent Eckhart is but that’s ok. It’s a great story! I’ll let it speak for itself…

When I was a Boy Scout, we played a game when new Scouts joined the troop. We lined up chairs in a pattern, creating an obstacle course through which the new Scouts, blindfolded, were supposed to maneuver. The Scoutmaster gave them a few moments to study the pattern before our adventure began. But as soon as the victims were blindfolded, the rest of us quietly removed the chairs.

I think life is like this game. Perhaps we spend our lives avoiding obstacles we have created for ourselves and in reality exist only in our minds. We’re afraid to apply for that job, take violin lessons, learn a foreign language, call an old friend, write our Congressman – whatever it is that we would really like to do but don’t because of perceived obstacles. Don’t avoid any chairs until you run smack into one. And if you do, at least you’ll have a place to sit down.
Pierce Vincent Eckhart

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    March 28, 2009

    Thanks for posting that Roni! I love it, I am going through that right now, being too afraid to actually do what I want to do in life because I am afraid of failure.


    March 29, 2009

    I love it!!


    March 29, 2009

    That is really an inspiring and thought provoking quote, thanks for posting that Roni!


    March 29, 2009

    Very inspiring! Thanks for the quote :)


    March 29, 2009

    That’s a great one! Thank you for sharing it. I also really love this one:

    “Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate; our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness, that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small doesn’t serve the world. There’s nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won’t feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children we do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It’s not just in some of us; it’s in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others”

    (Same website, quote by Marianne Williamson)


    March 29, 2009

    Thank you so much for that quote. This one and the other one listed by Marianne Williamson is also so inspiring and so helpful and perfect for what I am going through right now. I feel like I am at a crossroads right now, but I’m not moving at all for fear of failure. Thank you!

    Laura Jane

    March 29, 2009

    Thanks for sharing that quote. It is very inspiring and so true. Most of the time the things we are afraid o fturn out not to even be problems at all once we just try.


    March 29, 2009

    I really like that quote, Roni. Thanks for sharing!


    March 29, 2009

    I have been trying to decide all day if I should go to this gym class today called “Fit Camp”. I am pretty nervous because I just joined the gym and I am totally not in shape now. Reading things like this really inspire me to just do it!


    March 29, 2009

    That is so true. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve not done something for fear of failure or not being good enough or whatever.

    I love it… there were no chairs.

    We have no obstacles except those that are in our heads. So profound.


    March 29, 2009

    It’s all fun and games until someone loses an eye… or trips over a chair.


    April 28, 2015

    Don’t know who Pierce is? He is my uncle, and he is a truly awesome guy. He plays music, sings, acts, teaches English… all kinds of things. He sent that piece in to Reader’s Digest some years ago, and now it turns up EVERYWHERE. I still have the edition of Reader’s Digest it was published in at first.