Not Alone...

The Obstacle...

Somewhere, there is a stone wall. And 

at that wall there is a girl. Slumped 

down and defeated at the bottom of 

the wall because she can't get over it. 

She bangs her fists on the wall until 

they bruise. There's no way to go 

around the wall and getting through it 

is even more impossible. It can't be 

done. It's huge and impenetrable and 

a million miles long. The wall is so 

confusing. It's riddled with perplexities 

and the girl is dumfounded and 

defeated and exhausted. You can't 

go back after you've reached the 

wall. The only way the girl can move 

forward is to jump over the wall or 

walk the million mile perimeter. But, it's 

so impossibly high. Setting off on the 

journey to go around the wall seems 

unthinkable. It's so far. It's going to be 

strenous and difficult and the girl will 

be alone. This is her struggle. 

When the girl finally arrives on the 

other side of the wall, she realizes that, 

while it is still very tall, the wall is only a 

few feet wide. She was blinded by her 

own doubt and feels she wasted all 

that time sobbing at the foot of the 

wall. Until, she sees the triumph in her 

heart reflected on the faces of those 

who were standing beside her at the 

wall all that time. Now, and only now, 

is she aware of those who kept silent 

watch over her at the wall in her 

darkest, most hopeless hours. These 

are the ones who gave her the 

courage to take the first step on the 

journey around the stone wall. The 

stone wall is fear and doubt. And it 

blinds you to what lives inside. It 

makes you feel lonely when really, 

you're not even alone.