|A distinctive idol of Goddess Durga, during Durga Puja festival in Kolkata, 2008. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)|
Durga is a warrior goddess. She had this epic battle with this one shape-shifter demon. She would chase him, and he would turn into, like, an elephant, so then she would turn into a big elephant-biting bug, and he would turn into, like, a sea monster, so then she would turn into a submarine. You get the idea. Anyway, whatever obstacles the demon threw at her, or even became himself, she would just adapt to the situation and move full-steam ahead. She never had any doubts. She never second guessed herself. She never became paralyzed by her own indecision or her fears. She just did what she had to do. She became whatever she had to be; she gave each challenge her full attention and her full creativity, and, naturally, eventually Durga beat the demon.
Durga reminds us that when faced with obstacles we must press onward, and when we are our biggest obstacle, we must push the accelerator and move forward. Doe that mean everything will work out exactly the way we want it too? No. But that's ok. Even falling flat on your face is better than living a lesser life of self-sabotaged aspirations. Because, in the end, that's the only way the demon can win.
Channel this goddess: When stuck in the muck of self doubt and insecurity, when facing obstacles and challenges, when you need to MOVE AHEAD.
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