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Opportunity in difficulty

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“We must look for the opportunity in every difficulty instead of being paralyzed at the thought of the difficulty in every opportunity.”
— Walter E. Cole

When I changed jobs, my commute became longer.  A 15min drive became a 1.5hr metro ride.  As a new metro commuter, I decided to witness what my fellow metro mates were doing to pass time.  Some read, napped, listened to music, while others looked impatient and anxious.  I had a hard time adjusting to my longer commute.  I came to the realization that I could either choose to fight my commute or embrace it.  I made the latter choice.  Thanks to my metro commute, I rediscovered the joy of reading.  I realized, for the first time, that I had been given a gift, the gift of time.  Time, which was not interrupted.  Time, which did not need to be shared.  Time, which was mine for the taking.  There have been days, when I am so involved with the story, that I have nearly missed my metro stop.

Additionally, if I happen to be so lucky as to catch a seat on the metro ride home, I rest.  I find that, even a few minutes of down time, makes me refreshed so that I may hit the ground running when I arrive home.  I am glad that I decided to make the best of this situation.

What do you see in difficulties?

One thought on “Opportunity in difficulty

  1. Dear Sean,

    I agree with your handling of your life experience. My take on this teaching of acceptance is basically the same colored with my individuality. I have learned to say YES to what is. No matter what arises in any moment of any day, I yes it. Saying No to what is, is apposing life, which creates a negative energy but not changing what has already occurred. So by saying yes to life one embraces it instead of opposing it. And, after a while all of the sudden Life, God begins to yes back to you and life becomes a celebration.

    Truth, Simplicity Love and Service.
    John Gallo

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