HITTING THE WALL
HITTING THE WALL
Elizabeth Willis Barrett…………September 2017
This wall is the reason I haven’t done any writing for awhile. Who would have thought that such a simple task would take so long? It was the gathering, the planning, the re-planning, the brooding, the fear, the lack of confidence and the remorse for the necessary nail holes—all of which ate into my writing time. Even looking at THE WALL now in this picture, it doesn’t look nearly as pleasing as it does in person. I’d love to have you come visit and check it out.
In a way, this wall is a symbol of other times I have hit the wall and can’t seem to push through and go forward.
For Brad’s very significant birthday that arrived on August 14th, I gave him a trip to Peru and Ecuador where he served a mission for the LDS Church many…. many…. many years ago. Actually, I gave him a trip to Machu Picchu with a stop in Lima but, like he said, if we want to visit his mission, he spent more significant time in Quito, Ecuador. Smack—the wall. I couldn’t figure out how to make all of it happen. It’s not like you can call people in those countries and make reservations like you can for Seattle. And just giving the whole experience to a travel agent and letting her have-at-it seemed way too expensive. So it took some monumental planning, re-planning, brooding, fear, lack of confidence and a little remorse for the necessary exclusions—all of which took another chunk of time needed for other things.
That’s how walls are. They stop your progress. They give you tunnel vision. They keep you from giving attention to other needy matters. They wear you out, deplete your energy. But then, if you persevere, detail by detail, you can end up with something really wonderful.
Good luck with your walls!