Hello SOTGC community,
We all know this feeling you get when you really need to catch a plane, yet you miss the connection, or you meet “the guy” you were really hoping to avoid, and, let’s not forget, one of your projects takes a hit on a timeline and you simply feel defeated. So you sit down and review everything that happened because, surely, there has to be a reason why all of this is happening. Two people looking at the same situation will see two different outcomes: One will see negativity and dwell in this, and the other will try to learn from these situations. I have come to find that it is much easier to dig deep and find a bigger meaning behind these events than to just accept that today you are striking out.
Indeed, all the above happened to me, but I knew there was a reason for everything. Yes, I missed my connection and had to spend an additional three hours at the airport. However, I ended up sitting next to somebody on a plane that I am sure to be friends with for many years to come. From the moment we sat down, we talked through the entire flight, which was about three hours long. We had so much in common and he simply had an amazing energy about himself. He had a fascinating upbringing and I can’t wait to continue to get to know him. So what originally started as a crappy day because I missed my connection ended up being so bright as I gained a new friendship.
I could go on about all the other outcomes, but what I am trying to communicate is that adversity is not bad for us. In fact, it is exactly what we need because it is causing us to get out of our routine and elevate our awareness. We often are going through life quite fast, almost on autopilot, and the danger is that we might miss that amazing sunset because we were too busy rushing. Adversity is something we need in our lives because if we didn’t have it, we wouldn’t appreciate the successes and wins we achieve. My new friend David said that his grandma always told him to go after big things because life is not a rehearsal, it’s a stage you are performing on. Such wise words yet we fear to fail because what if somebody might notice we are human after all? David had a lot of spirit and passion in his eyes, which is an incredible thing to witness in somebody.
Next time we are faced with adversity, let’s embrace it. Go even further and do something for somebody else. Maybe give up your upgraded seat, or pay for the next person in line in your Starbucks commute, but the moment you do it, you will experience a rush of energy, and, believe me, everything will change.