Don’t expect this blogpost to be reminiscent of an inspirational meme that includes clouds and flowers and ridiculous idioms about obstacles related to boxes of chocolate. Nope. Not here. Not today.
This post is about a retired Navy SEAL, the obstacles he has overcome, and the obstacles he has helped others overcome; all wrapped up with a great deal of grit and attitude. For the purpose of anonymity, we’ll refer to this gentleman as Freddie, a patriot who dedicated his blood and sweat (but no tears – Navy SEALs don’t cry) to the United States Navy for 34 years, of which he served 28 years as a Navy SEAL. Freddie deployed a total of nine times, including twice to Afghanistan for Operation Enduring Freedom in the hunt for Osama Bin Laden and also to Iraq for Operation Iraqi Freedom. His job was simple: orchestrate retrieval plans to remove POWs from hostage situations. Talk about overcoming obstacles! POWs = Prisoners of War. People with families, mothers, fathers, siblings, and children were taken from their loved ones and held captive against their will. Are you still hoping to read about boxes of chocolate?
When asked, “How do you overcome obstacles?” Freddie’s response is simple: “Tackle them head on.”
It’s literally that simple. Option 1: Tackle it head on. Option 2: Do not.
Obstacles mean something different to every person. Some are monumental and life changing, while others are more understated. But none are trivial. Freddie encountered obstacles that affected a lot of people. His instinct was to find resolution. Not because it was his job, but because it was his duty. The most important aspect of an obstacle is how you deal with it. Being able to move forward over an obstacle that may seem insurmountable is a testament to your strength. That is, of course, if you decide to go with Option 1.
Yikes! Did that get too flowery? Let’s round this lighthearted blogpost out with a Chuck Norris joke: Chuck Norris tells “Chuck Norris jokes” about Freddie.
How do you overcome obstacles?? What’s your favorite Chuck Norris joke?? Let us know in the comments below!!