The dictionary defines roadblock as a temporary installation set up to control or block traffic along a road. As I was reading this the primary word that stood out to me was “temporary”.

Many times in our lives when a roadblock stops us from moving ahead we tend to believe it’s a permanent situation.

What would happen if you decided that a barrier you are currently experiencing is temporary? Looking at a roadblock as a transitory state of affairs gives your mind the opportunity to start thinking about different solutions. In fact the mind is always trying to find answers to problems.

In the early 90’s I found myself in a tough situation and I was about to be evicted from my apartment. I truly felt there was no resolution. I saw roadblocks all around me, including my finances and my career.

I eventually had to sit down and make sense of the role I played in my condition. As I became clear on some of the steps I’d taken to get myself into this circumstance, I also began to come up with solutions to resolve it.

The eviction never happened. I found the resources to get caught up financially and even moved to a better apartment.

Be encouraged to identify temporary roadblocks as they delay your progress. Use these situations to strengthen your resolve to find answers. You’ll find that your mind will become better at searching for resolutions to keep you moving forward.

Know that your faith is always a keystone of support as you take the detour around those temporary roadblocks.

And remember, you have the power to create the life you want.

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  1. Sherette
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 4:26 pm | Permalink

    Love this! I often read from the word of God in Psalm 23 and offer this scripture as comfort to people when they are going through issues in life because most people focus on the Valley of Death but do not realize that they are walking THROUGH IT! So it is not forever and your Blog just made me think of the scripture. thanks for posting this and I pray that you get well soon my love!

  2. Bonnie
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 8:56 pm | Permalink

    Very insightful post, Guy. You know I have had my share of “challenges” in recent years. I have come to see “roadblocks” simply as God’s way of slowing us down — so I now think of these as “rest stops”. Sometimes we get so caught up in “the journey” that we think as long as we are still moving we will “get there”. Then we wonder why we feel empty and tired… As you wisely point out, sometimes being still is the moment when we get to focus on our plan/destiny. When we regroup, we consider where we are at that moment and can recharge and follow the best road for our new journey. Be still and be well. Much love! B

  3. Posted October 3, 2011 at 9:08 pm | Permalink

    Thank you Guy! Your blog post are always encouraging and thought provoking! I like the fact that the dictionary defined the word roadblock as being “temporary.” If we purpose not to lose focus, and continue to press towards our prize….while speaking life-producing words and thinking life-producing thoughts, we will emerge victoriously. Success is in our hands….let’s get it!

  4. Lisa Maria
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 9:28 pm | Permalink

    loved reading this Guy ,and to know that you also have went through such a tough situation(as I have been through many BUT have come out wiser and tougher) made me feel the amigo connection more,even if afar or on Facebook.Very inspirational,keep them coming,and they shall recieve wisdom,inspirationmor just a connection,and the knowledge that they too can endure,and come out stronger,and wiser;)

  5. guy
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 9:54 pm | Permalink

    Sherette that’s an excellent point that we often don’t realize we are walking through it. Many times we think we’re stuck but we’re moving through a life change. Psalm 23 is one of my favorite quotes. Thanks for the scripture and prayers.

  6. guy
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 9:57 pm | Permalink

    Rest stops. I love it. God always has a plan for us. As you so wisely put it Bonnie, this gives us needed reflection time to focus on our plans. Stay well.

  7. guy
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 10:00 pm | Permalink

    My buddy LeKeisha…thank you for the kind words. The word temporary gave me an entirely different perspective. Success is ours. All we need to do is stay focused.

  8. guy
    Posted October 3, 2011 at 10:03 pm | Permalink

    Lisa Maria, it’s always about the connection. Many times we forget how small things can give someone hope and encouragement. Thanks for your encouragement. It means much.

  9. Bernard Williams
    Posted October 4, 2011 at 1:07 pm | Permalink

    Guy, very good post. You blog is the epitome of Psalms 123. Looking forward to reading more.

    Still trying to figure out when you got so deep! LOL.

    Have a great one!,


  10. guy
    Posted October 4, 2011 at 1:59 pm | Permalink

    Thanks Nard. For the life of me I can’t figure out when I got deep either…lol.

  11. Bonnie
    Posted October 5, 2011 at 11:18 am | Permalink

    You have always been “deep”, Guy. You have just chosen to share this gift with the rest of the world. It is truly a blessing to life your life with your eyes wide open — living and learning in each moment.

  12. guy
    Posted October 5, 2011 at 5:48 pm | Permalink

    Bonnie you couldn’t have said it better. Both eyes are wide open and I am learning to accept and share my gifts. Each of us have them. We just forget sometimes.