Demands of all kinds arise in life, and we may have to deal with successive seeming dead ends. Problems often appear to be unsolvable. They manifest as obstacles, as a thick wall in our way, and we don’t know how to go beyond the wall. The wall always has an opening, but sometimes the doorstep in front of it appears to be very high, and we have to decide whether to climb over it or whether to try to avoid the problem altogether. Sometimes we’d rather peer through a hole in the wall rather than having to go through it. But it is necessary to step over the doorstep and walk through.
From Mindfulness in Action: Making Friends with Yourself through Meditation and Everyday Awareness, pages 85 to 86.