In a recent blog post, John Maxwell speaks to great leaders about discovering the opportunities life offers. He quotes Albert Einstein, “In the middle of the difficulty lies opportunity.” Maxwell focuses on Einstein’s placement of where opportunity is found. It is not at the beginning, nor at the end. It is in the middle. “Opportunity,” he suggests, “is often disguised as problems, barriers, obstacles and difficulties.” It is only when we confront them that we begin to realize the opportunities they present. The search for their resolution opens our minds to explorations of new possibilities. As Emily Dickinson wrote, “Not knowing when the dawn will come, I open every door.”
Yet, there is a world of opportunities beyond those so generously offered by difficult situations. They abound in every facet of your life, from moments of absolute joy and happiness to moments of sadness, from moments of decision challenges to the enchantment of dreams. “The door of opportunity will open only when you decide to step outside the door of your comfort zone,” Kylie Francis counsels us. Milton Berle’s words encourage us to push further, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”
May you see every experience in your magnificent life’s journey as an opportunity to grow, learn, create, contribute and be value-added in all who you are and all that you do… for yourself and those whom you serve. Choose not to wait for opportunity. Look at each moment and ask: what opportunity does this situation offer to take it to a level undreamed? Continue to truly live every beautiful moment of your life.
Have a beautiful day and a magnificent week!!!