A man cannot enter a house at the ground level but looks up at an open attic window where another person is leaning out, smiling and waving at him. There is a ladder propped on the side of the house that leads to the attic window.


Thwart. The online dictionary gives the definition of "thwart" as being this: to prevent or stand in the way of.

I HATE being thwarted.

My gym is re-opening

In real-time we are starting to get a little breathing room in this pandemic thing. I suspect this is just a lull in the storm, but I will take it. My gym is opening for half -a- dozen, outdoor classes. The zoom classes have ended and I really want to go and join in.

The problem becomes this: the transportation company refuses to take me there. Their definition of essential travel is not my definition. I will have to wait a week or so until we go green.


I want what I want when I want it

My husband says I always want what I want when I want it. Very true. He then says something along the lines of I will get what he - and the world - has got to give me when they are ready to give it to me. Ahhh, not necessarily true.

Back to I hate being thwarted.

Finagling ways to attend my exercise classes

I am a lousy loser. The instant I got the negative response I started conniving how to get what I want. I started checking alternative solutions. Where there is a will, there is a way!

As of this moment in time, I have finagled rides to and from two classes at the gym. I have been given the link to two, hip hop classes. My hip hop instructor seems to have moved to zoom at a very fortuitous time for me. I have this covered!

Wouldn't be in this situation if I weren't legally blind

How does my minor temper tantrum over not getting to the gym relate to vision loss? Well, for one thing, I would not be in this situation if I were not legally blind. Not being able to drive can thwart a lot of plans for a lot of people.

But it is not just not being able to drive. I have the proverbial motor in my rear and I like to go, go, go, but that is me. Some of you want to sit and read or sew or do other things that being centrally blind will not allow you to do. No matter what is being thwarted in your life, the reaction can be the same. Frustration. General crankiness. Sound vaguely familiar?

A willingness to look for alternatives

When I was a kid, my mother would tell me there is more than one way to skin a cat. Other than wondering why anyone would actually want to skin a cat, I also started to think about the beauty of Plan B.

I tell clients the art in life is in Plan B. If you are being thwarted, step back and expand your vision. Don’t be wedded to one solution for a problem. There are almost always alternatives if you are willing to look for them.

Plan B

It has been said that when God closes a door, he opens a window. There have been a few times I have had to go all around the house, put up a ladder and climb through an open, attic window but I have gotten there. There are alternative solutions if you are willing to look. The art of life can be in Plan B.

So that is my take on being thwarted. HATE IT. If you feel the same way, I left the ladder against the back wall. Come around and climb on in. The attic window is open.

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