Removing Obstacles…..

February 24, 2013
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The abundant life does not come to those who have had a lot of obstacles removed from their path by others. It develops from within and is rooted in strong mental and moral fiber.  — William Mather Lewis

All of us want to have an abundant life. That is we want our life to be full and meaningful. We want to make at least a slight difference because we were here. I believe that the quote above is at the root of making that possible.  Although I am not a parent I’m sure that all parents out there want their children to have an abundant life. But as the quote insinuates it does not come from having all the obstacles removed from our paths.

Obstacles and corresponding adversity is what builds character. When you are given life with the proverbial “silver spoon” you develop a very shallow sense of reality. Many of the upper echelons of our society like to chant about the “entitlements” that our country provides to those on the other end of the economic scale. They claim that giving someone something they haven’t earned just drives them to expect more. There is certainly some validity in that argument but what they seem blind to is that many of the elite are doing the same thing with their children. When they remove all the obstacles from their children’s path they are leading them into an “entitlement” mentality.  We can look back at history to see how this played out in the royal families of Europe. History shows us that many of the “entitled” kings had lost all sense of reality of how their subjects lived.

Most of the great people in society grew up with adversity and obstacles in their paths. It is what made them strong. We should not deny our children or future generations by removing all their obstacles in life.

2 responses to Removing Obstacles…..

  1. 

    There does seem to be a growing anti-inheritance mentality among the wealthy. There are many stories of the rich giving the bulk of their estates to charity. They have learned from others mistakes that vast wealth can be like poison and saps the desire to achieve and deprives the child/adult of the sense of satisfaction and fulfillment from that achievement. That is sad.
    However, we should not let our envy of these folks cause us to stereotype and prejudice ourselves against all wealthy people. There are probably just as many good, productive, contributing rich folks and their kids….they just don’t make headlines. I think great wealth itself can be an obstacle to a happy life. I wouldn’t wish it on anyone :-)
    Keep an open mind, R.J.

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      Jane, I think I do keep and open mind on this topic. I certainly understand what you are saying. Bill Gates and Warren Buffet are two prime examples of philanthropists. And of course Rockefeller was one after the fact. There are many out that. But I also think it is natural for parents to want to give their kids a head start in the world no matter what their income level.

      This post is not a condemnation of all affluent but simple a warning, if you will, to some.