So many times we do not see the gift or the potential opportunity. I read or heard of a test done once where two subjects were sent into a coffee shop, everything was staged the same, and all the other patrons were actors playing a specific role. When asked about the experience the first subject said that nothing notable had happened. When the second subject was asked they said that it was a great experience, that right when they walked in they found a five dollar bill, then he sat next to a man at the counter who was really interesting and possibly had some contacts that could help him in business. Opportunities missed by the first subject…possibly?
A friend of mine was complaining about some tenants of hers. How she had given them a chance and they had blown it, as she was talking I starting thinking about opportunities that I felt that she had blown, and then about opportunities that I had blown as well. In hindsight we always question ourselves, that is if we notice the missed opportunities, but sometimes we choose to not follow that opportunity path. May be because it does not feel right to us or it is not the direction that we want to take. So then is it really an opportunity or just a different direction?
Just a Thought!
My friends brother was recently laid off due to his company downsizing its personnel due to the recession. My friend told me that when his company brought him in to tell him of his dismissal, he jumped up and said “I am out of here”, and I totally got where he was coming from. Sometimes you spend your whole life doing all things that you are suppose to do. Getting an education, then some how you are supporting a family, and you have a home, and a car, and debts. You feel like you are trapped and you have no way out. You become bitter and depressed. You want another life but society and, being the good person that you are, does not let you walk away from your obligations. I mean why would you want to walk away from a job with a high salary that supports this life? Just because your not happy. So getting downsized and finally having that excuse to do what you want to do, and to have the life that you truly want, suddenly seems possible and freeing.
So may be we have to lose everything to get everything that we truly want. As a individual we have more time to spend with family and friends. As a society we have a chance to make changes and to do what is better for our future as a whole.
The challenge is after years of mindlessly doing what we are suppose to do, is finding what brings us joy, and happiness. What is it that we truly want to do? Then just going ahead and doing it.
Just a thought!