Overcoming Obstacles


How often do we really look at our world? How often do we see everything?  Part of the mandate of Today’s Perfect Moment is to find those things that we may overlook.  I have stood at this bus stop for more days than I would care to count and I had never seen this until today.  I have stood inside and out.  I have stood to the left and to the right.  I have walked around the stop in order to boost my step count.  I have paced bath and forth either out of frustration at a late bus or in another bid to boost my step count.  Yet, today was the first day I saw this.

Either before they constructed the waiting area and the shelter or shortly after that, a tree began to grow. It burst through a seam, now probably a wide crack, and stretched for the sky.  This one little seed defeated the odds and grew in exactly the place it was discouraged from growing.

I think there is a lesson in this for all of us.

About Anthony

I am: equal parts rebel, romantic and shockingly average Joe. a writer trapped inside of an ESL teacher's body. an introverted attention seeker. a teacher who hopes one day to be called "Captain, my Captain." an intellectual who can do some very dumb things. a person whose Japan experience, despite being so long ago, still exerts a strong influence upon him. a lover of books, music, beer, hockey and Pizza.
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5 Responses to Overcoming Obstacles

  1. bribikes says:

    I love this post, Anthony! It reminds me of the old adage, “Grow where you’re planted.” A simple idea but it can be hard to flourish sometimes when our location isn’t ideal. But if this tree can make it work, there is a chance for all of us!

    • Anthony says:

      I am of two minds on this. Of course, I want people to flourish where they are, where they are planted. However, sometimes, people need to move to grow. Sometimes the place they are planted is right for them.
      Loved your comment.

      • bribikes says:

        Great point, Anthony! That really resonates with me since I have been in that type of situation where I had to make a choice to “stay and grow” or “go and grow”. Finding that balance of when to move/when it is better to stay-can be a tough call.

  2. Quinn says:

    They better leave that tree alone! I always feel this way when I see a small plant struggling through a crack in the cement somewhere. I love it!

    • Anthony says:

      I am definitely with you. Don’t worry. This tree is a survivor and the people who deal with the bus stops are not the most motivated people in the world.

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