“Obstacles are those frightful things you see when you take your eyes off your goal.” —Henry Ford
At a full-contact karate meet the contestants were asked to break two 1-inch-thick boards to demonstrate their punching power. However, one contestant’s boards didn’t break, but his knuckle did. He had practiced this routine before and we had seen him break one board of this thickness, but not two. We thought he might give up, but he didn’t. On the third try he was successful. Backstage he was asked what had gone wrong. He quickly replied, “I made a great mistake. Instead of looking through the boards at a point beyond, I looked at the boards. To do it right you have to imagine a point past the point of impact.”
This lesson is a good one for all of us. Look past the obstacles in life, not at them. We are only set back when we take our sights off the goal! As the contestant found out, reaching the goal may involve pain, even broken bones and broken dreams. How much better to see goals clearly, to make full contact with life, to break through every barrier and to not give up until you make your dream a reality.