In Spite of Obstacles

There seem to be opportunities in all of our lives when we aren’t given a choice. Things. Just. Happen. It’s from these scenarios that we learn what we are made of.

True grit? Rock solid? A fish in water?


A drowned rat? Over the cliff?

I am reminded of an article written by Rose Sherman. Grit matters. When someone speaks of grit, do you picture a person who is “the salt of the earth”, hard crusted and worn down? Or is it the person who has many medals, having won by swimming when they could have easily sunk?

Grit is having the passion and perseverance to achieve your goals in spite of any obstacles that might be placed in your way.~ Rose Sherman, EdD., RN, FAAN

I think of personal experiences where I feel I was left high and dry, left to my own devices.

As friends have shared their personal stories of strife, a common theme or approach to crisis or problem management emerges from our shared stories.

  1. To survive a crisis or loss, one can never go it alone. It takes a village.
  2. To gather the villagers, one must be willing to find and admit vulnerability. Taking an inventory of weaknesses is absolutely essential. Part of that means to be willing to publicly say what those weaknesses are and then find friends and supporters with the characteristic strength to join the team, to rally around and provide fortification. It’s how all the greatest battles have been won.
  3. Nothing can be won without strong communication. The give and take and revising the roadmap for the journey forward is the only way to beat any strife.
  4. Spending energy on finding a person to blame for mistakes weakens the team. Instead, focused energy on finding the weaknesses and developing an approach to overcome them is the best time investment.
  5. Encouragement is absolute essential for oneself, and the village. Use it wisely and frequently.
  6. Invest in the journey. Everyone loves a story to revel in after the sojourn is done. The journey towards swimming belongs in the history book.

The Daily Prompt: Sink or Swim