It sure seems like I have been encountering a lot of roadblocks lately, both literally and figuratively. The City of Fort Lauderdale is turning the intersection directly adjacent to my apartment building into a traffic circle. Workers have been there for weeks creating this new traffic pattern. Many days the main road in front of my building has been completely closed to traffic, forcing me to find alternative routes to my destinations. This situation has made me aware of how often I’m on “automatic pilot” while driving home. I forget about the road closure until I see those beautiful bright orange signs and the striped blockades in my path. When I’m tired or pressed for time, this feels like anything but a blessing.
However, something good has come of these recurring obstacles. During my recent travels, a close friend stayed in my apartment for a few weeks while she looked for her own living space. When she moved into her new place she left a few boxes in my apartment. A few days after my return we decided to meet for lunch and then reconvene at my apartment so she could get her things. That day the main road to my apartment was closed again so I took a long detour home. When I finally got there my friend had been waiting for me for quite a while. I asked how she got there so quickly and she told me about a shortcut she had discovered while I was away. I can not believe I have lived in this building for three years without knowing about this back road that avoids two busy intersections. Had the main road not been closed I may never have known it existed!
In addition to physical roadblocks, there have been numerous obstacles in my business life lately. For weeks I have been trying to set up a new email account with my current domain name JohnHaroldMoore.com. I know that seems like a rather easy task, but my busy travel schedule this fall and new responsibilities with the Big Sky Retreat did not leave me much time to devote to this project. When I finally made time this week, I could not believe how complicated it was to get the company that hosts my domain name to communicate with the company that hosts my website. I thought I was making a wise investment by purchasing an email service with the company that hosts my domain name. I have used them since 2010 with no issues. However, the instructions to get the two websites communicating with each other had me completely baffled. I consider myself to be reasonably adept at figuring things out on the computer, but this was beyond my capabilities and my patience level.
Rather than spend more time on this project and risk further frustration, I decided to revisit the email account options with the company that hosts my website. This time I found them to be much simpler than the first time I looked. Setting up an account here was infinitely easier than the steps required with the other company, so I decided to cancel my original subscription. To my surprise and delight, the first company gave me a full refund since I hadn’t actually used the service yet. The email service with the other company is included in my current plan, so this roadblock ended up saving me time and money in the long run.
I hit yet another unexpected challenge the other night while attempting to move the recordings of my first online class from the cloud to YouTube. I did not know that when you choose the “private” setting for videos on YouTube that only people that have YouTube accounts can view them. I want the videos to be private since participants share personal stories in these classes, but not everyone has a YouTube account. There is another setting called “unlisted” that prevents videos from showing up in searches, but once people have the link they can post and share the videos at will. Neither of these options felt adequate for my needs.
This prompted me to investigate the privacy features of another video sharing site called Vimeo. I discovered that Vimeo gives users the option to require a password to watch certain videos. This I could provide to the participants very easily. Once again, what initially was a very frustrating obstacle ended up redirecting me to a better solution.
This week we celebrate Thanksgiving here in the U.S. Most Americans spend time reflecting on things they are grateful for like good health, friends, and family. This year I’m going to add roadblocks to my gratitude list. It may take a little time to find the blessing in them, but I believe all roadblocks will eventually direct us to something better.
Have you hit a roadblock recently? More than one like me? If so, maybe now is the time to invest in yourself and give yourself the gift of Life Coaching or Family Constellations. Both will give you the opportunity to see those roadblocks from a different perspective and how they might actually be blessings. I also offer gift certificates for all Coaching and Constellations sessions. This year you can give the gift of healing and transformation, gifts that truly keep on giving. Simply purchase a session or sessions on my website and then send an email to John@PeaceThroughOneness.com with the recipient’s contact information. Also, please note that pricing for Life Coaching sessions will go up slightly starting in 2018, so take advantage of the lower rates before the end of the year. It can be a gift you give yourself!
Until next time, be thankful for those roadblocks. They may just be the Universe saying, “I have a better way.”