I recently saw the film 127 Hours about a guy who falls into a crevice in a canyon in Utah and gets pinned against a wall by a huge boulder. Eventually (5 days later) he cuts his arm off to save himself. Pretty intense film, and not for everyone.
He struggles for days to find a way to free himself, to no avail. We watch helplessly as he battles this rock. And then at some point he realizes “This rock, this rock has been waiting for me my entire life. Ever since it was a bit of meteorite a million billion years ago, out there in space, it’s been waiting to come here, right here. I have been moving towards it my whole life from the minute I was born, every breath I’ve taken, every action has been leading me to this crack in the earth’s surface.”
This one scene struck me so profoundly. From this point on in the film he knows what he has to do. He stops fighting the rock and sacrifices his arm to free himself. It made me wonder… What obstacles do I fight, do I push back on, struggle with? Where am I not seeing that the very thing I am feeling challenged by has been sent to me from long ago and far away, that we are predestined to meet each other head on, and that by overcoming the challenge I am made a better person?
I am such a believer in the phrase “what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.” I have experienced it time and again.
What’s your rock? Where are you fighting when what you need to do is surrender to the challenge in front of you?