The gateways

Drew inside a redwood turned gateway in Mariposa Grove, Yosemite, 1992

Drew inside a redwood turned gateway in Mariposa Grove, Yosemite, 1992

“The obstacles of your past can become the gateways that lead to new beginnings.” 
Ralph Blum

If you’ve ever seen the arcade game called “Whack A Mole,”  you may feel as I do:  that it’s a pretty good visual representation of what life is like.  Troubles keep popping up all over, and as soon as you deal with one, two more appear.  I tend to think of myself as trying to clobber these little vermin with the big hammer, but maybe Blum’s analogy is a better one.

Some of our blessings come directly or indirectly from misfortune or unwanted change. But that’s often not obvious at the time, and maybe it will take years to look back and realize it.  If we can keep taking steps in the right direction in faith that better things lie ahead, we will be more able to recognize the gateway that may lie within the obstacle.

This post was originally published seven years ago today. The original post, comments and photo are linked, along with two other related posts, below. These links to related posts, and their thumbnail photos, do not appear in the blog feed; they are only visible when viewing the individual posts by clicking on each one. I have no idea why, nor do I know how they choose the related posts. That’s just the way WordPress does things.

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