In my last blog, One Obstacle to your “Unlived Life”, we discussed The Walrus being the first of the big 5 obstacles to the River of Resistance. This week, let’s look at the second major obstacle to crossing the River of Resistance, which has been with us since the start of time.
The second obstacle is the main culprit of many biblical stories depicting the crossing of a line from good to bad. It doesn’t favor any particular group of people. It negatively affects both the lives of Kings and Queens, Presidents, the wealthy and successful, as well as the everyday man on the street.
I have depicted this culprit as the “Mermaid”, and she stands for temptation. The temptation of sex, alcohol, drugs, or any addiction that consumes us and keeps us from being all that we can be.
The truth is, there is good news about the obstacles in the River of Resistance that keep us from obtaining or accomplishing our unlived life. The good news is, that we can be victorious in our battle with them.
The reason I write these blogs is to encourage you to engage in this fight. What can start out as an obstacle, can in some cases quickly be turned into an opportunity to grow and into something that you can move past. [Tweet this!]
In order to beat the “Mermaid”, there are two steps to take:
Step 1: Recognize there is a problem
Sex, drugs, alcohol, and other addictions are challenging enemies. They are like germs; always around you, and they become a problem when we let our guard down, lower our resistance, and let them in. The biggest problem with mermaid obstacles is that at first, you don’t feel sick or negatively affected. Not only do you not feel sick, you may feel pretty great. But once the “Mermaid” really gets a hold of you, it’s a serious problem.
Step 2: Deal with the problem
For some of us, dealing with whatever the “Mermaid” obstacle is for us, can mean getting professional help. Just like when germs make us gravely sick and it’s time to go to the doctor, the same applies here. There are many wonderful organizations and professionals that can help put us back on the path that allows us to cross the River of Resistance, and beat the “Mermaid” obstacles. If you are dealing with a challenging “Mermaid” obstacle in your life, may strength be with you as you recognize, deal with and beat that obstacle.
Mermaid obstacles are all around us and are very persistent, and can show up multiple times in your life. Stay strong and keep fighting through the River of Resistance, to the life of your dreams.
Strength and Honor,