"LIFE IN A WORD"
The word is OPPORTUNITY
Definition: Merriam-Webster Dictionary: a favorable juncture of circumstances
Have you ever noticed how often your basic instincts reject opportunities that come your way? Instinctively, you respond by saying no, no thank you, or I can't. My story will illustrate how going against your initial instincts might add more joy to your life.
My Story on Opportunity
Picture a panoramic view of a mountain range. Now imagine the sensations you feel as your body and mind breathe in their beauty. Take that moment a step further to experience the temptation of their allure.
With full disclosure, I admit to binge-watching the series “Yellowstone” the past few weeks. The vastness of the Rocky Mountains strikes me as a metaphor for the world beyond our front door. That temptation that calls out to us to venture into new territory is real. When opportunity knocks, we should allow ourselves to experience the joy it can bring us.
Note, I am not promoting irresponsible behavior, quite the contrary. I'm merely proposing the probability that change from our daily routine allows us to explore, learn and grow. Instead of rejecting an opportunity, by instinctively saying no, we should let curiosity address the doubts our instincts prevent us from acting upon. Let the answers to the questions absolve those doubts and free us to embrace the opportunities and experience more joy in our lives.
I did just that when presented with the opportunity of going to Europe for what would be my first vacation abroad. A friend's daughter was taking a college semester in Italy. He was going to visit her and asked me to join him. Was I excited at the prospect of going to Italy? Definitely. Could I go? Instinctively, no, because I had started a new job just two months prior. My instincts told me I had not earned the right to ask for ten days off, and it would be bold of me to do so. But my desire to take advantage of this opportunity inspired me to question my instincts. Instead of assuming my bosses would say no, I met with them to satisfy my curiosity and put to rest any doubts in my mind. The results were gratifying. I went on the trip, I kept my job, and when I returned, my bosses enthusiastically viewed the many photographs I had taken there.
I would be remiss if I didn’t acknowledge the enormous respect and loyalty I hold for those bosses and the company I was working for at the time. They saw the person I was (not someone looking to take advantage of them), and they acknowledged I was new to the company and my absence for ten days would not jeopardize the company or my standing in it. They went so far as to tell me I could take the full two weeks off if I so desired.
If you don’t ask for what you want or take steps to make changes in your life, you may be robbing yourself of the joys that come from them. Embrace opportunities, relieve yourself of doubt, act responsively and glow in the joy it brings into your life and possibly the lives of others.
If you or someone you know are closing the door on opportunities, and regretting it later, it might be time to talk to a Life Coach. I hope you’ll reach out to me. Thank you for reading my “Life In A Word” blog and for checking back next week.