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Obstacles.

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 "Life's challenges are not supposed to paralyze you, they're supposed to help you discover who you are." ~Bernice Johnson Reagon~

 

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It's important to understand that obstacles are part of life. They are everywhere, testing you all the time. I learned that important lesson many years ago. At some point I even started feeling curious about what was going to be the next obstacle on my list.

 Yesterday, on the last day of 2010 I encountered an obstacle. It took me totally by surprise, it hit me on the face with both hands. I couldn't even stop my tears from coming out, but then my mind knew exactly what to do so the tears stopped and I smiled again :)

 

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What happened had to do with Rojo. It turned out that the electric installation for my dear kiln costs an amount of money that is prohibited for me right now. About twice what I payed for the kiln itself. 

But there is always a solution for every problem and a key for every locked door. So, after the electrician left feeling disappointed and sorry at the same time I called my brother Alex in Florida. He will do the installation for me, for free. I just need to wait until he comes to California, right now he has lots of work in Miami. So, the solution to this particular problem is: patience.

I wanted my first post of 2011 to be about the very thing that each one of us will encounter this year: Obstacles. The world is going through a deep economic crisis that it affecting us all in one way or another. We need to be wise spenders and smart planners. That's when imagination becomes our most valuable possession.

This is a good year to get to know ourselves better as we face different obstacles. Let's not get negative or scared when new obstacles show up. Instead, let's be ready, strong and positive so they don't have a negative effect on our spirit. The most important thing to keep in mind is that when a door closes, it doesn't mean that we have to close our mind as well. There is a particular door that should remain permanently open: The door to imagination and creativity. That tiny door is the mother of all doors on planet Earth. Please, let's keep that in mind.

Happy New Year, my friend!

Elsita :)

 

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