When Life Backs You Into a Corner

Batman wearing a blue cape playing Monster Bash Pinball machine

If you are on this planet with the rest of us

There are moments when it feels like life has backed us into a corner. We face hardships, and yes, sometimes life honestly sucks. But just as rain clouds pass, so too do our trials. The sun emerges, shining it’s brilliance on us. A reminder of our resilience, the ability to direct our own path. I understand; gratitude, happiness, and peace can seem elusive when life disappoints. Yet, within us lies an innate capacity to bounce back, even when it feels impossible. Embrace this resilience, for it is our beacon of hope in the darkest of times.

“When you get into a tight place and everything goes against you, till it seems as though you could not hang on a minute longer, never give up then, for that is just the place and time that the tide will turn.”
Harriet Beecher Stowe

In the game of life

We often find ourselves at a crossroads, faced with a critical choice: will we emerge as victors, or succumb to the role of victim? Imagine life as a giant pinball machine, with obstacles and challenges at every turn. The pinball, aimlessly ricocheting off barriers, represents those who relinquish control, allowing circumstances to dictate their trajectory. They bounce from one setback to another, feeling powerless and defeated.

But then there’s the paddle—the embodiment of empowerment and direction. The paddle doesn’t merely react to the chaos; it navigates it with purpose and determination. It steers the course, deftly guiding the ball through the maze of challenges. This is where our power lies—in our ability to choose our response to adversity.

Consider the moments

When life throws its toughest curve-balls—loss, rejection, failure. It’s easy to feel like the pinball, tossed around by the whims of fate. But therein lies the test of our resilience and courage. Will we surrender to the chaos, or will we seize control, channeling our inner paddle to navigate through the storm?

Choosing to be the paddle isn’t about denying the existence of challenges; it’s about embracing them as opportunities for growth and transformation. It’s about reclaiming our power in the face of adversity, refusing to be defined by our circumstances.

So, I urge you to reflect…

In the game of life, will you be the pinball or the paddle? Will you surrender to circumstances, or will you rise above, steering your destiny with unwavering courageous resolve? The choice is yours, and it holds the key to unlocking your true ability to direct your own path.

Batman Quotes

  1. “It’s not who I am underneath, but what I do that defines me.”
  2. “The training is nothing! The will is everything! The will to act.”
  3. “I wear a mask. And that mask, it’s not to hide who I am, but to create what I am.”
  4. “The night is darkest just before the dawn. And I promise you, the dawn is coming.”
  5. “I have one power. I never give up.”


  1. Perfect timing! Just when I needed to hear this.

  2. Yes agree perfect timing. Thanks for the uplifting inspiration. I needed that.

    • Debra Oakland says

      The topic of this article seemed to be timely in my mind, so I let my mental fingers lead the way. I’m happy my article was uplifting. Thank you for your comment Sally.

  3. Love this article and the music recommendation too! Can’t wait to listen! Your monthly newsletter is my favorite. Thank u so much for sharing your amazing wisdom with us.

    • Debra Oakland says

      Wow Jane, thank you for your glowing recommendation of my newsletter. I am grateful!

  4. BJ Welch says

    This article is so timely for all of us. I have chosen to be the paddle several times in my life. In the past, I have been the pinball. Once you have learned to choose The paddle, it gives you so many opportunities to overcome diversity in your life. I love this analogy, it just makes sense.

    • Debra Oakland says

      I love this comment, thank you. It sums up how we learn to empower ourselves and to be courageous in life. Life is a journey to be sure!