Friday, June 7, 2013

"Carpe Diem!" But, What if Your Opportunity Isn't Available to you?

What if something that you've wanted all your life seems to be too far away from you grasp? What do you do?

I once read a story about a little girl who was about  to start pre-school. Her mother, who always believed her daughter is a smart little girl took her to an exclusive pre-school where she believed can provide the best education for her with all the other smart little kids.

As part of the enrollment procedure, a school administrator would have to interview the little girl before they can decide whether the little girl is qualified to be one of the school's pupil.

During the interview the little girl was shown different colors of crayons on the table and was asked to pick the color she likes and write her name on a sheet of paper provided her.

After the interview was over, the school administrator had to tell the little girl's mother that her daughter isn't qualified to get into pre-school yet. and that they'll have to wait the next year and be interview again to make sure that the little girl is ready for school.

The little girl's mother felt disappointed. On their way home she asked the little girl what happened and why she did not pass to qualify into pre-school.

The little girl told her  that she was made to write her name on a piece of paper, using the crayons on the table. The mother said, "Well, I'm confident that you can do that because you know how to write and spell your name. Why, didn't you do it?

The little girl replied; "My favorite color is pink. Color pink is not among the crayons so I didn't do it!"


My take:

In our lives, It is of course a wonderful gift to have the things we want the most; but sometimes the things we aspire the most are the things that are mostly out of our reach.

Sometimes we blame other people or circumstances. Sometimes we use excuses:
"If only my parents can afford to send me to school..."
"If only I hadn't been sick, then I would have gotten the lead role for the play...
"I wanted to be a doctor but my financial budget can only cover for a two year course...
And on, and on....

Things happen not of course for just no reason at all. It may either be because of our circumstance or our lack of opportunity taking. In the story the girl knows how to write her name, but she was not able to pass the opportunity to start school just because the color she wanted to write it with is not available. Remember Maria from the Sound of Music, when she was sent from out of the Abbey to be a Nanny, said she, "When the Lord closes the door, somewhere he opens the window"

Do we really see which window is being opened for us? It is our responsibility to look around and find out the windows of opportunity. It is the time to practice the virtue of being flexible in many things, and make the most of our time if ever we don't get what we want. We ought to consider a better alternative. It may be heartbreaking at first, but one simply can't quit. Those who do, will never get another chance. 

Take for example in Entrepreneurship. Many people would agree that the only way to be financially free in life is to do business. But many fall into a trap in what we call the "entrepreneurial seizure." Why? because, the truth about doing business is that it's not easy and that some business take time to grow before an entrepreneur could say that he was already able to get his return of investments. Sometimes it even takes years. So the aspiring entrepreneur who once was an employee quits his entrepreneurial dream and goes back to the corporate world working for somebody else.

If we want to be successful, this is the best time to act and be not acted upon. We may encounter different circumstances in our lives, but how we act on our circumstances can bring us success, only if we are able to see that one closed door means another opened window.One can't just stand and let an opportunity pass him by just because what he wanted isn't the way that it looks with what's in front of us. Success does take a lot of work at the start. 

I hope the story inspired you as it did to me and may we all make the most of what life throws us. So, seize the day! You'll never know! 

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