When you thought you had your plans, schedule and focus all figured out … and then something else happened.
Something else alright.
Do we let these ‘I never expected that’ moments to distract us, divert us, alter our life-path?
Or just ignore them?
Every day, every conversation or electronic exchange – every stroll down a street, mall or canyon valley presents chance encounters with events, people and ideas. We stop to see interesting things – and usually stop to greet people we know and have a chat. Sometimes we stop for a chat with strangers too. Each of these produce multi-opportunities for ‘opportunity pursuits’.
As do pocket dials and wrong numbers. Simply saying, ‘who is this? Where are you? What’s going on where you are?’ can produce far more interesting exchanges than, ‘sorry, wrong number’ or ‘oops'.
My now held belief (I’d like to say long-held, but that isn’t so) – more like a new-held belief, is that these encounter opportunities are mountain of ideas, fulfillment and direction in our lives to say nothing of the business and income opportunities. And I don’t mean ‘networking’. On the contrary, I mean NOT-networking. Better said, being human. Being real – and pausing long enough to realize that.
Now, set that idea aside for a moment, because each of those require other parties or events to be going on. What if you are alone, shut-in, working remotely or isolated from all those people-collision opportunities? Well, then you have far more many splendiforous chances …
Yes you do.
Tap the opportunities in your head. Old ones stored there. Fresh ones percolating. Un-thought-of ones that can attach to the next thought that blows in on the next breeze or on the next inhale …
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