Take that stumbling block...

@SaintAnne (5453)
United States
November 26, 2008 11:12am CST
and make it into a stepping stone. I heard someone say that on TV the other day (yes, you can learn something from the TV). I think it's one of those better encouragements that I've ever heard. Have you ever done this? Use a stumbling block as a stepping stone? Care to share?
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@drannhh (15240)
• United States
27 Nov 08
All the time. Hubby was once fascinated by a book called "A Whack on the Side of the Head" or something like that, and it was all about how it takes an abrupt awakening sometimes to make people change to a more positive direction, and we have found that to be true. If you go along happily at once level of experience, with no bumps in the road, it is sometimes hard to realize that there is something better that awaits us. Sometimes a jolt, makes us rethink where we are and why we are there, and then we go up to the next level...where we belong ;-)
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
27 Nov 08
I am interested in this book you mentioned, drannhh. Maybe I'll put it in my list. I don't think one will fully enjoy the journey if there are no bumps for them to conquer over. I think victory or "arrival" is sweetest that way. Thanks again, drannhh.
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@drannhh (15240)
• United States
28 Nov 08
The author is Roger von Oech. He also wrote one called "A Kick in the Seat of the Pants."
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
28 Nov 08
The author has a way of naming his books. I am liking him already! Thanks, drannhh. Roger that.
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• United States
30 Nov 08
That's very good advice! And even though I have never heard it in those words, I try to use every unwanted thing in my life to get me where I want to go. I really like that wording and I'm glad you made it into a discussion topic! When I was raising the beds out in my mother's garden and my shovel would hit a rock, hearing that clang was enough to send me into a rage running around in the garden smashing things with my shovel, hehehe. But now I have a lovely wall around the strawberry patch made out of all those stumbling blocks. I used to be really embarrassed about my big feet... now I use that to feel like Calypso (from Pirates 3) when she was released from her bondage and grew into that towering giant among women. Hehehe, the cop next door thought I was 6 ft tall! The list is endless, so I will stop right here rather than going on and on and on and on, hehehe.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
1 Dec 08
Oh Calypso, feel free to tower over and go on and on and on and on... Big feet? I wear size 8 or bigger in a family where the women wear size 5s. Sister and mom trade shoes every now and then while I look. But then they always get me my own new pair. I guess that's my stepping stone here, huh? What do you mean the cop next door thought you were 6 ft tall? Is that because you got mad? Because Boyfriend always think it's funny to mention that petite girls scare him when they're mad. He has seen me and my sister and another Asian friend get mad and we can take on a quarterback if need be. I like imagining your gardens, even if they're your mom's. Thanks Ziggy.
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• United States
1 Dec 08
Hehehe, I wore a size 8 when I was a teenager, but my feet have continued to grow, and now it seems they do not make a woman's shoe in my size!! That's ok with me though because I have not worn a woman's shoe in the last few years... I've been wearing some soldiers combat boots. But my mother and one of my sisters trade shoes all the time too, I don't get in on that, but I would not want to wear the delicate little skinny strapped useless decorations that they wear on their feet! The cop thought that I guess because I do not back down and get all kiss-a$$y when he plays cop with me. But I am not petite, I am 5'7" and weigh, ummmm, well, I'll just say 'a little more than I want to' and leave it at that, hehehe. But yeah, those petite girls can turn into little hellions when they're mad!!! And even though my gardens are in my mother's yard, they are still 'my gardens'. Everyone in my family calls them that too... my mother no longer even goes out there.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
1 Dec 08
I like those skinny, useless straps on shoes and heels. They make me feel all girly and flirty.
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@riyasam (16578)
• India
27 Nov 08
nowadays t.v is just full of sh#t.(maybe not discovery channel) you know it is so difficult to make a stone from a block but neccessity is the mother of invention.
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
27 Nov 08
I sure didn't get it from the Discovery Channel, riyasam. I like how you counteract my phrase with another saying. And yes, necessity is the mother of invention. When we're out of something that's when we think of ways of how to make one instead.
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@riyasam (16578)
• India
28 Nov 08
hope i do not offend you.have a nice day
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
28 Nov 08
Oh, riyasam... this one has a big BLOCK specifically for offensive remarks. I can take them well. I hope you're having a nicer day too.. or night.
@alokn99 (5717)
• India
27 Nov 08
I can relate to some experiences wherein i have used the stumbling block into a stepping stone. At the same time i'm not sure as to whether in reality wecan always do that. It serves as an excellent motivation though. There are those instance for example which we do stumble in life, but still go on leaving behind those experiences and taking up challenges afresh.
@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
27 Nov 08
I agree with you, alokn. I don't think in reality we can always do that. Sometimes the blocks are there for a reason to stop us from continuing on what we're not supposed to. But it motivates us for sure. Stay safe out there, alokn.
@Opal26 (17690)
• United States
27 Nov 08
Hi anne! I think that everything in my life is a stumbling block! I guess the greatest one that I had was the one where I decided it was time for me to make a drastic change in my life for the good. That was my stint in rehab! That was quite a stumble! But, nevertheless I made it a stepping stone and it turned out to be one of the biggest steps I have ever taken for the better! It has opened up alot of challenges for me and every day is one to try to stay clean and sober and so far I winning this very difficult battle!
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@SaintAnne (5453)
• United States
27 Nov 08
May you walk on the victorious path forever, Opal.