“If you really want to remove a cloud from your life, you do not make a big production of it; you just relax and remove it from your thinking. That’s all there is to it.”― Richard Bach When we focus on the obstacles in our path, without our knowledge, we empower them to control our mind. Once we learn to look past the obstacles and focus on our life’s goal, a new path opens for us. I really love these lines of the following wonderful bhajan: “When dark clouds fill your sky, hiding sunshine from your eyes, Say his name, see his form, hold on When things are getting rough, and you feel enough is enough Say his name, see his form, hold on When life seems so unfair, and no one seems to care Say his name, see his form, hold on Keep a smile and say "I can", love and serve your fellow man Say his name, see his form, hold on”. Those who don’t believe in God, may question, “Why should I say his name and see his form?” When we dive deep into these lines, “he” doesn’t necessarily mean the Universal Absolute but our own self confidence that our resolute attitude towards the obstacles will let us overcome any ordeal in life without any doubt. Obstacles in life are like dark clouds covering the shining Sun which is our self-confidence. Do they have a chance to cover the Sun forever? No. Eventually, the dark clouds come down as heavy rain shower making us cooler so that the mind could focus again on our shining self-confidence. Obstacles are lesson plans manifested for our own convenience to train our mind to remain calm and collected in difficult situations. The power of our will is filled with a lot of energy to face any obstacle in life. I am not suggesting that the obstacles will disappear on its own but worrying about them dominates our mind energizing the effects of such obstacle instead of the energy being used to empower our will. Observing the obstacles and understanding its effect in our life is essential step in the process. Our mind tends to elongate the pleasant experiences and eliminate or subside the unpleasant experiences as quickly as possible. Time is of the essence only from our mind’s perspective. Time has no relevance if our own microcosm aligns with macrocosm. Let things unfold at its own pace and disappear at its own pace and let us become an observer just like how we admire the nature around us. The gold that is tempered in the fire becomes a beautiful ornament and the stone that faces the wrath of Chisel becomes a beautiful statue. When we learn to become part of the happenings distancing ourselves from our troubles and tribulations, we become part of the maintenance needed to support the universe and our problems become part of the universe. The energy that supports the universe supports us automatically. Those who have the habit of living an observing life would understand how insects, plants, animals and all beings contribute for the well-being of the universe as part of the nature. They are all already aligned with the universal law. If we can align our mind to it, our ego dismantles, feeling of “I” and “Mine” disappear and troubles dissolve in a trice. What is manifested around us are constantly teaching life lessons and all we need to do is to open our vision to observe them. If we don’t face pain and suffering, we neither capture the lessons we came to learn, nor we value the pleasant experiences. The mind that projects the universe also is the one which is experiencing the pleasure and pain. We need to let it pass in order to become who we really are.