There are times when, despite our greatest efforts to manifest the lives we envision, we are besieged by circumstances, obstacles, and tremendous challenges that prevent us from moving closer to our desired outcome.
It may seem we have fallen victim to the forces and whims of outside factors of other people, of nature, of bad luck, or of the Universe. We feel we are doing everything in our power to move forward, yet events outside of our control undermine us at every turn.
That feeling of powerlessness is very deceptive. When we find ourselves bound and restricted by external factors, we interpret this as having few to no options. However, it is the feeling of helplessness that is creating the perceived restrictions. In most circumstances we have more options that we realize, but we are blinding ourselves to those additional choices we have. Our mere belief and acceptance of powerlessness creates that powerlessness.
Because we are not able to see any other options does not mean they are not there. Imagine being surrounded by several doors, with each door representing a choice or an option. Too often under difficult circumstances we will try only a few doors to find they will not open, then we assume the rest of the doors cannot be opened. We are afraid of experiencing disappointment with each attempt, thus we abandon any notion of trying to open any of the other doors.
External forces that seem to block the path to our desired outcome is not the Universe or other people conspiring against us. They are our own impediments that serve to push us toward choosing the best option that will enable us to reach our goals, an option we would not otherwise take without having these challenges placed before us.