Opportunity – or a problem – does not always knock.
Sometimes it whispers.
When it hits us like a tidal wave combined with an earthquake and a forest fire. Our world might be coming to an end, or we might be bravely exploring its newest frontier.
How can we tell which it is?
In my experience these days/events and happenings rarely give advance warnings or wear signs assuring us of any sure thing or certain disaster. They just arrive …
If someone reaches out to us, however softly – that idea nugget, that whiff of a notion or the simple question/request: calls to us for a solution. It might be the biggest best fork in our long road. Or it might be an inconvenient interruption. Can we risk missing something massively important? Can we miss the moment to be of service to someone who asks?
The planned day vs. the altered schedule. We all do this – whether our days are crammed with appointments and tasks or ‘kept loose and open’, there is no way to prepare for what will come out of the blue. We don’t know what will come, but we shouldn’t be shocked when something does.
The phone will ring, an email will arrive or someone will be standing in our doorway. Innocuous beginning will alter our day, or might alter our entire life. Who knew?
We can resist, ignore or delay – but at our peril, because ignored problems rarely get better on their own. Conversely, ignored opportunities vaporize.
The ignored opportunity is not always lost – but it is easily lost to us. Or lost to a competitor. Or lost to timing …
Mark, What an incredible milestone for you. 16 years of writing a daily column! Congratulations. I understand your passion for writing. I have kept a journal since I was 15 years old, I am now 70. I have had spells of no writing but like you I write through the bad times and the good. I find writing helps me make sense of my world. Thank you for sharing your thoughts and ideas. I look forward to reading the next 17 years of your insights, IT, Calgary, AB