It is common to think we have no options or opportunities. We are creatures of habit, and when we have to leave our comfort zone it’s easy to get blocked with the “impossibility” of what we do not know, rather than being motivated by the “possibility” of what can be.
Let’s take a look at these two phrases:
Opportunity Is Nowhere
Opportunity is Now Here
While the letters are exactly the same, depending on where we put the spaces, the meaning of each is completely different. In the first case, there is no opportunity anywhere; while in the second, opportunity is everywhere.
This makes me think of an excellent example regarding the scope of knowledge. Imagine for a moment you are in the middle of the woods on a dark night with a campfire. What you know right now is represented by the aura created by the light of the fire. All you do not know is outside the aura and cannot be readily seen, but it’s still there, we simply have not yet learned it.
The same happens with possibilities and opportunities. Those we have in mind exist because perhaps:
We had to learn about them through life’s circumstance
We made definite decision to know more about them
A challenge along the way drove us to grow
The person who knows how to fish to survive, doesn’t find much difficulty in doing so. Another person might think doing so might be too difficult, not necessarily because it is, but rather for a lack of knowledge. As the saying goes: teach a man how to fish and you feed him for a lifetime, give him a fish and you feed him only for one meal.
Losing a job or going through difficult economic circumstances can seem like the end of the world, but it needn’t be so since life’s difficulties can be resolved. Most important is to know at any time we can “learn to fish,” as long as we are alive. Possibility is right around the corner, to become opportunity. Making money and a living really doesn’t require much intelligence, and in fact, many do so with little or no education. The greater challenge, the pot of gold at the end of the rainbow, is to doing something we love. Something really giving meaning to our lives.
What would you do right now if you lost your job and had no money?
Would you give up on life and die of hunger, or look for another alternative?
We are all different, and as incredible as it might sound, some prefer throwing in the towel when difficulty arises, without discovering any other possibility. The greatest obstacles we find in life tend to be inside, in our the mind, rather than the environment.
Instead of grieving for a lost job or economic difficulty, understand opportunity exists for those willing to use their minds, putting action to thought, and working intelligently. Seek what you most like to do, learn what must be done to live by doing it, and live the life you have always dreamed living. Understand possibility, take advantage of opportunity.
∞ Rob McBride ∞
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