The nettle strewn path

I am often amazed at how the outside world mirrors our inner one.  Today I was out on one of my yomps, down in Hampshire.  It is a magnificent bit of the country and I had planned a route that took us amongst the hangers. We had gone a couple of miles or so when we found that the footpath seemed a tad overgrown.  That isn’t that unusual at this time of year, with all this rain and sunshine.  So we beat our way through waist-high nettles, bracken and brambles, and we emerged into something a little clearer.  However, the further we went, the more nettles we found and by this time we had hacked through so many going back seemed unthinkable.  If I knew at the beginning what I know now, I certainly would never have attempted it; I sit here typing with legs abuzz with nettle stings.

So when you come across an  obstacle, what do you do; beat through it, find some way round it or change your plans? 

“The block of granite which was an obstacle in the pathway of the weak becomes a stepping-stone in the pathway of the strong”  Thomas Carlyle
“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off the goal.”  Hannah Moore

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