Sometimes taking a step backwards is the fastest way to move forward

Push hard against a wall and it only resists you more. A problem in your way can feel like a brick wall that appears out of no where. You were doing fine, just coasting along when you suddenly felt the resistance in front of you. In these situations we often try to push the wall down. Our minds determined that nothing can slow us down or prevent us from moving forwards. But not every wall in front of you is a bad thing.

When a wall stops our progress we are forced to stop and re-evaluate what we are doing, where we have come from and where we are trying to go. Most of the times, without the wall, we would have continued on the same course, confident it was the right direction. But I have often found that when stopped by a wall I realize that maybe, just maybe, the way I was heading was not exactly the right course. So I step back from the wall and take a long look at my life, before deciding on the next course of action. Most times I am grateful for the wall. It was obviously placed in my way as a reminder that just plowing through life is not the most ideal way to grow as a person, nor learn the valuable lessons along the way.

So next time you hit a wall, don’t think of it as stopping your progress in life, which we all often do. But rather, as a way of telling you that maybe, just maybe, there is a better way to go, or at the very least make us sure that we are on the right path.


12 thoughts on “Sometimes taking a step backwards is the fastest way to move forward

  1. For awhile I thought I was lost! Speaking of wall, I imagined myself leaning on it, resting, and admiring your new theme!

    Have you read ‘The Thank You Economy’? Looks interesting ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. I haven’t read the book but I have my eye out for it now, it does look interesting. ๐Ÿ™‚

      New theme? Felt I needed a change from the black ๐Ÿ™‚

      Take care Alan.


  2. Yes, that’s so true…I’ve had many walls pop up in my life…and God has always shown me how to find my way around them…sometimes the way around is longer than others…but the longer path always gives the most insight into my final destination. ๐Ÿ™‚ My fav pix: 1st in 1st and 2nd rows, 3rd in 3rd row (lol), 4th in 4th row (isn’t that the Jean Shrimpton the model from the 60’s? I always thought she was so beautiful. ๐Ÿ™‚


    1. Ha! It’s fine, you should see how many times I send the same message to bendedspoon’s site! I don’t know why but it often just double posts!

      I think that is Jean Shrimpton and she was beautiful!

      You are right the path may be longer when we go around but it is always worth while. Thank you!

      Take care Alan.


  3. im five foot two and this wall this week is ten times that lol im half way up it but slipping fast heeeelp only joking but sometimes it feels like that your right step back look again and get a ladder xxjen


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