Blocks are in our lives from infancy. We learn to build them for fun, creating the basis of our social development. We have Lego, Fisher Price and then the games we played on the block.
In life we continue to form blocks. A block is defined by Webster as a solid piece of substantial material especially when worked or altered to serve a particular purpose. Architects use blocks to design buildings; in swimming a starting block serves as a release point to start the course; whereas in medicine if a person has heart issues they may need a heart block using a local anesthesia.
While there is security and safety in blocks they also build up walls, preventing access. We do this innately to protect ourselves from hurt, from disappointment, and often times from ourselves. These blocks are obvious to others but hidden from within. How many blocks have been set up in your life ? Roadblocks we call them. Mental roadblocks when we say we can’t learn a new skill; physical roadblocks when those last twenty pounds refuse to fall off so we quit; emotional roadblocks because we have been hurt so many times that we shut down and shut off or spiritual roadblocks when we don’t believe or have faith.
I must confess I have many, all determined by the audience I am with. But I have come to understand that these block while protective and needed can also limit the invitation of others. Clutch your fist right now, you not only limit giving out, but receiving in as well. Blocked.
Again, am I suggesting that we don’t use blocks, or just let access be open in our lives. Absolutely not, but I am suggesting that we gage why the block is there and make certain that the restriction of it isn’t limiting your opportunity as well.