…have a few things in common. Both force us to pay attention, slow down, and (sometimes) change course. In many ways, speed bumps are merely walls that are short enough to get over with minimal effort.
Unlike speed bumps, walls are there to stop us, contain us, to protect something we’re not supposed to see, or maybe provide protection to something we don’t want others to see.
Is that nasty cold you have a speed bump or a wall?
How about the job you had until last week? Is losing that job a speed bump or a wall?
Is the macro-economic forecast for 2% or less in U.S. Gross Domestic Product growth a speed bump or a wall?
Is bad weather (however you define the term bad) a speed bump or wall?
The death of a loved one? Speed bump or wall?
The diagnosis you received from your doctor that has you wondering how long you have to live this life you love. Speed bump? Wall?
Meeting the person of your dreams and falling in love. Speed bump or wall? Surprise! Good news introduces speed bumps and walls, just like bad news. Of course, good news can also knock down walls.
When the news first hits, it almost always looks like a wall. Only after further reflection, maybe some quiet meditation, a hard workout(s), discussions with our friends and family, enjoying a bowl of our favorite ice cream, watching some sunrises and sunsets, or all of these, do the walls start to look shorter.
As the walls lose their height, they may disappear from sight, or take the shape of speed bumps that we can handle.
Some walls are high and stay that way. If we can’t climb over, we learn to change direction and find a way around.
What if we can’t climb over, can’t change direction, and the high walls continue to surround us? Should we give up?
We build our expansive life inside the new walls and never drop our quest to escape…even if we have to dismantle the walls one brick (or chisel strike) at a time.