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With tough events I may get curious about how this will change me, potentially how I may find growth. The enquiry helps to dampen the effect of the second arrow of misery “why me” etc, as it takes me out of the habitual thoughts. I prefer to think in terms of change and growth rather than “opportunity” although I dare say they are coming at it in similar ways.
I’d have a lot of opportunities
😊 and new adventures, expand my horizons, learn what is there that i didn’t know about before.
Today… I will rearrange my priorities and the things I will focus upon.
My Mum is inspiring in that she has always seemed to see everything as an opportunity. She is half Italian and when she went to Rome for a holiday a few years back, fell on a cracked paving stone, broke her hip and spent weeks in hospital there. She told us all she was looking upon it as a new experience, took the opportunity to learn more fluent Italian, chatted to the nurses and cheered them up, supported other patients and, instead of being depressed or angry, managed to enjoy her time there and was known as “the lady the sun shines from”!! I can’t claim to do as well as her, but i follow her lead as best I can. When I manage to, it makes for a much happier life – often for others as well as myself, and saves on anger and misery! But I think sometimes my husband wishes I wasn’t quite so relentlessly trying to find the positive – whenever he complains, i always say, “well at least…….”. It must seem as if I am not entering into his worries. A fine line to tread!
Seeing everything as an opportunity is the same as seeing a glass half full versus half empty. The Law of Attraction implies that Source, God, Divine Spirit does not differentiate between good and bad and will simply provide what we are asking for based on our thoughts. Do we live a life of scarcity or abundance, fear or love…possible or impossible? We have far more control in our happiness, joy, abundance, peace than we have been led to believe.
I’d probably get more things done, have more experiences, have better relationships….because when all I can see is a brick wall in front of me…I tell myself “I can’t….” and then that path forward reaches a dead end.
Climate change is creating new challenges in farming and gardening, but there is an opportunity to learn how and when nature is resilient, and to mimic her success. Better soil, denser planting, and some other techniques are helping my plants.
Also, fear of climate change and other fears in general, are bringing many new people into farming, particularly sustainable and organic farming. Here is an opportunity to learn, share, make friends, and build better and more equal communities.
My body has been a little “off” lately. It may be brought on from stress from this renovation we are doing. I’m taking my body signals as a reminder that I have opportunity to redesign my life to include better self care, healthier food, exercise, and quality time off… even if it is just an hour a day to read.
This renovation is very disorderly and annoying, but it is change. I like change and dislike long stretches of sameness. It will be rejuvenating when it is done.
Looking for opportunities in everything, particularly problems, causes shifts and sometimes paradigm shifts. It also brings more good towards us than we would have if we remained pessimistic.
I’d lose the lingering feeling of loss, that my son and his family are off vacationing with in-laws on the other coast. But I’m using the opportunity of the holiday alone to bake a blueberry pie, with my last ground nut pie crust from the supermarket.
oh, YUM. Can I come over?
🥰My son gave me tapioca starch to use instead of cornstarch. I’ve made several of these fruit pies with 50% off crusts, and I’ve learned a lot about how much to cook cornstarch to thicken it well 🙂
That keeps me away from the flow. And I think there’s something inside me that knows if there’s an oppertunity to grab.
I would have less anxiety. But I am not there…..seems like I have to go through a process first.
I do get to opportunity but much later….and I am thinking of challenges here…
There was a time in my life when I had a lot of anxiety, too. I took up Vinyasa yoga, not for that, but for exercise. My teacher would give the class a lot of very rigorous ab exercises before we began yoga practice each time, and many of us would tremble trying to hold a long “plank” pose or something similar, and he would just say, “Shaking is the body’s way of getting rid of weakness.” It always made me smile, because at the time, I trembled most of the time because of anxiety. I applied his words to the constant trembling I had, and it was as if a weight lifted. I guess I could say I made peace with the anxiety, or started trusting myself and the process. I do believe, Mary Pat, that your process is working. You will discover that you are strong and safe. I learned something from your voice today, Mary Pat. I thank you deeply for sharing your voice. And we’re here if you need us.
I would be happier and less frustrated. When I view events, people, situations as burdens, I rob myself of joy, tire myself out from anger and resentment. In other words, I push myself into an uncomfortable corner where I feel alone, depressed and misunderstood.
Best wishes for you, Amacord.
Overall, I think each life event/situation is an opportunity for good or evil. It is VERY hard to see the good in scary situations, that’s the challenge.
Well, everything that happens is an opportunity for growth and learning. That doesn’t mean all the challenges I experience are are fun, though.
I too recognize this repeat question.. Each day given is an opportunity to invite Grace to accompany me as I “Dance” through an activity. I’m getting better as a “couple dancer” vs a solo ballerina. It’s also not in my best interest to lead, however, that’s my nature. Growing in humility allows me to invite Grace to Dance & follow her steps. I’m reminded of a quote, apologizes for forgetting the author: “Ginger Rodgers did everything Fred Astaire did, only backwards.”
Bob Thaves: In a 1982 Frank and Ernest comic strip, Thaves wrote about Fred Astaire: … [Wikipedia]. and it’s ‘high heels’ –
Thanks, Carla and Mike, for the smiles
and in heels.
Thanks for catching my accidental omission! Enjoy your day! 🌻
My first thought was, “Laundry is an opportunity for clean clothes, but I don’t really have to do it if I don’t want to. It’s an opportunity I can accept or decline.” That’s true to some degree, but honestly, if I want some things in my life to be a real opportunity, I have to do things that don’t feel so much like an opportunity, but a responsibility, chore, whatever you want to call it, to get there. But yes, life is full of opportunities, and I probably don’t look at as many of them as opportunities as I could. Sometimes it feels like a chore to shop for groceries, when in fact I have the opportunity to shop for groceries, when not everyone does. I am grateful for that. And yes, I do have the opportunity to do laundry – not everyone does. So maybe I should look at it as more of a joy. OMG, I sound like my mother!
She sounds like a wise mother, Katrina, if she practiced what she preached, tho I could imagine her sounding ‘preachy’.
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