Doesn’t it just!
Have you ever wondered why a particular thing happened, or why or how you became involved in a particular situation? I know I have.
Some times the situations turns out to provide the most wonderful experience, to provide success, fame and even fortune and sometimes it works out just the opposite way. More often than not the way it turns out can hinge on a really fine line.
Ever caught yourself saying “Gosh, I wish I had taken that opportunity – look how it’s turned out now”?
Just how fine the line is was brought home to me just the other day when I was listening to a CD and the speaker was talking about a group of people that had worked in the Twin Towers building and that had got together to discuss how it was that they were not in the building at that particular time – an unusual occurrence. Their responses indicated just how fragile life is and how fine the line can be:
- One lady said that the phone rang just as she was leaving home and she decided to go back and answer it so it was the call that delayed her
- One man said that it was his son’s first day at kindergarten and he decided that he wanted to be there for that
- One man said that he had bought a new pair of shoes and decided to wear them that day. While walking to work he got a blister and stopped at a pharmacy to buy a plaster and that delayed him
- One lady was delayed because of an accident on the highway
- It was one man’s turn to buy the donuts for the office that day so he had stepped out of the office to buy them
The point I am getting to is that so much of the way life turns out comes down to the choices we make.
A good way to illustrate this is with a story.
Two shoe salesman from the city were sent to a very rural area to see if there was possibly more business to be had in that area. After being there for a day the 1st salesman calls Head Office and says “There’s no business to be had here, no one wears any shoes” and the 2nd salesman calls and says “There’s great business to be had here, no one wears any shoes“!
So, very often our approach to life boils down to perspective. Now, how our perspective develops is a story for another time, however, if you get the chance to read a book titled ‘Beyond Illusions – the magic of positive perception’ by Brad Barton (ISBN 978-0-615-46836-5) do so, as he will offer an interesting perspective on the whole matter.
One of my favorite sayings is, ‘When you master your thoughts, you’ll master your destiny’.
My personal opinion is that we are all too quick to judge and usually judge negatively. The world seems to be driven by skepticism, mistrust, doubt and disbelief. In reality, if we are totally objective there really is as much positivity, success, opportunity and fortune in the world today – we just have to take our blinkers off, sometimes be prepared to think laterally and be prepared to alter our limiting perceptions about life.
So, here’s a challenge for you all –
- see the glass as half full ALWAYS
- see the opportunity, not the obstacle ALWAYS
- say “I can”, rather than “I can’t” ALWAYS
- seek solutions, not conflict ALWAYS
- and if you can’t change the situation, change yourself ALWAYS.
Remember, life works in mysterious ways, so where ever you are in your life is for a very good reason.