It is so easy to fall into a rut and claim that there are no opportunities. When in fact, there are times in life when we need to think outside of the box and seek our own opportunities. (After all, in life, nobody is holding us back but ourselves, right?) You might think it is hard, but in reality, it just takes a little time and attention.In one of the sessions I attended during a Women’s Wellness Retreat a few years ago, the instructor likened finding pennies on the ground to seeking your own opportunities. Her story (filtered through my memory) went something like this:
Most of the time when we are walking through public places, and even at home, we unconsciously step over and ignore pennies. We do it without notice. Most of the time, if a penny on the ground is actually noticed, we think to ourselves, “oh, its only a penny, not worth the time or effort to pick it up.” But in reality, if you start to teach yourself to seek out spare change on the ground, you would be surprised how much more you notice. And after a period of time, say a year, you will notice how many coins or pieces of money you have found on the ground, simply by being open to seeking it out.
Similarly, we pass over so many opportunities each day. It might be an opportunity as simple as a conversation with someone to encourage them, or as complex as creating a way for your dreams to come true or creating career opportunities.
I have noticed, however, that we keep our eyes closed to the opportunities and keep focused on the task at hand. Sometimes we might even brush off our instinct for an idea or opportunity because it sounds “over the top” or crazy. Some of the most profound inventions came from ideas that were over the top. Apple has reinvented itself with ideas that were over the top. In our own lives, we need to be aware of our own ideas and opportunities, even if they sound like they are over the top. Your dreams might not be as unaccessible as you think.
Be open to other people and be open to opportunities that may present themselves, no matter how big or small they might seem. Live in the opportunities and learn from them. When we seek them out, we will notice them more.
If you don’t believe me, try it yourself. Start trying to pay attention to the ground for loose pennies or change. The first month, you might not even find a cent. But you will see, the more you try to be aware of the opportunities to seek lost change, the more times you will actually find and notice pennies…and opportunities.
How much can you find over a year? I will await your responses next year! 🙂 I will report my own seized opportunities through the next year. Challenge?