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imagemiWisdom today… Life doesn’t give you what you ask for, it rather provides you with the opportunities to potentially receive these things.

No matter what your religious or spiritual beliefs are, one thing is certain; God / The Universe does not play favorites. Why should God give one man a life of luxury, health and success while another suffers from poverty and illness? The bottom line is that we are what we are based on how and what we think about throughout our daily lives. The hard fact is that what we ask or wish for on a daily basis will not come to fruition if we do nothing about it.

There are so many of us out there who rely on God or an Infinite Power to heal them, to make them rich, and to make their dreams come true. What these people fail to understand is that God will not fulfill their desires. It is rather up to the person asking for these things to keep an eye out for opportunities coming their way that may possibly enable them to fulfill their needs and wants.

There is an old tale about a man caught in a flood asking God for help.

A nearby river’s banks overflow and an old man finds himself caught in a flood. In order to avoid the water he climbs up to the roof of his home and prays for God to rescue him in his time of need. Shortly after his prayer, a lady in a row boat comes across the man sitting on his roof. She asks him to come aboard so that she can take him to safety. However, the old man insists that he will be fine, and that God will save him and keep him from harm.

Less than an hour later the rising water has almost reached the rooftop of the old man’s home. At this time a rescue boat approaches the old man and asks him to come on board so that they can take him to safety. The stubborn old man reassures the life rescue team that he will be fine as God will surely save him. The boat leaves, leaving the old man sitting and praying on his rooftop once again.

Less than a half hour later the old man’s feet are now standing in a stream of water that continues to rise rapidly. All of a sudden a helicopter comes out of nowhere and hurtles down a folding ladder to the old man below. However, the old man rejects this final rescue attempt saying that God will save him. The rescue team doesn’t have time to argue with the stubborn old man and politely inform him bluntly that if he doesn’t grab hold of the rescue ladder that he will be swept away by the rising current and will likely drown. The old man looks up at the helicopter, thanks them for their help and kneels down to pray.

Moments later the old man is swept away by the current and meets his untimely death.

The old man is brought to the pearly gates of heaven where God welcomes him with open arms. Although glad to be in heaven, the old man is perplexed and confused as to why God did not help him in his time of need. And so he approaches and asks God for an explanation.

“Why did you not save me in my greatest time of need?” says the old man.

God looks down upon him with kind eyes and says, “My dear child, whatever you have asked for have I not given to you? You asked to be taken to safety and so I obliged by sending you 2 boats and a helicopter. What you do with what I provide is not in my hands. I can only provide you with the opportunities to fulfill your wants and desires. What you do with those opportunities when they come your way is completely up to you.”

The old man looked down upon his feet, a little ashamed of these hasty decisions. However, he finally understood the true and real power of prayer.

It is also important to consider that opportunities can and do at times come disguised as problems. And it is because we perceive them as being problems that we fail to take advantage of the good things that come our way everyday. In fact problems are there to help us grow, and to assist us to expand our awareness allowing for the fulfillment of our ever growing and expanding potential.

When it comes to so called problems; what you see isn’t always what you get.

There is an old saying which reminds us that we don’t get what we ask for but rather what we deserve. It simply guides us to an understanding that no matter what problems or opportunities we are faced with, we will end up getting what we deserve based on the decisions made in the moment.

Finally, opportunities / problems are like boomerangs that will tend to come back again and again in different ways, shapes and forms up until the moment we learn, grow and make use of them, thusly allowing us to fulfill the deepest wants and desires we have been longing for all this time.

The next time you are faced with a problem (disguised as an opportunity), you might find it helpful to ask yourself the following sets of questions:

  • How can I see this problem as an opportunity that will move me forward and past my current predicament?
  • What does this problem have to teach me about my life, myself and others?
  • How can I best take advantage of this problem and turn it into an opportunity to move me forward?
  • What is it exactly that this problem is hinting at? What is it revealing to me that I initially did not see?
  • If all my problems suddenly became opportunities, what new empowering decisions would I make today?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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miWisdom today… The more mistakes I make the more I change… the more I change the more I learn… the more I learn the more I grow… the more I grow the more opportunities appear and the more I am able to achieve in life.

This is a very simple formula, yet it has very profound implications for those who are able to understand and grasp it’s intrinsic meaning. Basically speaking, mistakes are simply a form of change that we must learn and grow from on a daily basis in order to attract the necessary opportunities that will allow us to flourish in our field of endeavor.

In our society today mistakes are frowned upon. If one makes a mistake, one is seen as incompetent and unworthy of success. Little do many people realize that mistakes are simply stepping stones to higher levels of understanding about one’s life and predicament.

Just imagine you are about to cross a river, and the only way across to the other side are a dozen stepping stones that you must walk upon. As you step onto the first stone you may be a little unsure or uncertain of yourself. You are thinking that the stone may be wobbly or that your foot may slip off, and as a result you will fall feet first into the water below. Sure, these are very uncertain times where 1 mistake could result in very wet socks. And as you progress along these stepping stones, more times than not (especially in the beginning stages of your journey), you may slip into the water. However, you have a goal, you have an objective to reach. And so you pick yourself out of the water and move forward across the stepping stones wiser than ever before for having fallen into the water below. Upon reaching the other side, you look back at your journey and realize just how much you have learnt from the mistakes you made.

Life is very much like a journey along these stepping stones. We make mistakes… We are changed or transformed by our mistakes… We learn from these changes… We grow as a result… and as we grow we make progress and attract new opportunities along our journeys. This is why it is so important never to get disheartened by the pitfalls which are there to help us gain the necessary experience we need to reach the other side of the river successfully.

The next time you feel as though the mistakes in your life are getting the better of you, try asking yourself the following questions:

  • How have I changed as a result of this experience?
  • What is life trying to teach me at this very moment?
  • How have I grown from the lessons that I have learnt?
  • What is intrinsically good about this that I hadn’t noticed before?
  • Where is the hidden opportunity that this experience has blessed me with?
  • What must I do next that will allow me to move forward towards my objective?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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miWisdom today… Only a fool expects the world to remain the same and constant, and then bases their choices and decisions on what they already know. This type of thinking is entirely based on past experiences, based on that which has long gone and that might not apply to the present moment. You must instead be constantly vigilant to all the new information presented to you and the changing circumstances that life brings your way on a daily basis.

Every new choice, decision and action must be made in the moment based on what you know of the moment, and not what you knew of your past. If we do not take the time and make the effort to study, take into account and reflect on everything that has changed from yesterday, than we will simply fail to see the light of new opportunities that are coming our way.

Look at every piece of information, every person, every sound and sight that enters through your senses, and begin to understand that life isn’t what it used to be, it isn’t what it was, it is, and has rather changed, and what worked for you in the past may not result in your desired outcomes in the present.

People change… the World changes… and so do You. Your choices and decisions must change too.

  • Do I understand that people change, environments change and circumstances change? As such, my strategies should be adjusted accordingly.
  • Am I basing this decision on my past experience or rather on current information presented before me?
  • What is it about my present environment that could assist me in making the best decision here?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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miWisdom today… What looks like an opportunity on the surface to progress your life forward may in fact turn out to be a terrible mistake because of a simple yet noticeable oversight. One must therefore learn to always be extremely vigilant, to take into account all possibilities, and to develop the necessary foresight to make the right and best decision in the moment.

Life will always bring an endless array of opportunities our way each and every day (whether we notice them or not). On the surface every one of these opportunities will probably look very appetising. It is only when we look under the bonnet and ask ourselves the right kinds of questions that the demons will eventually reveal themselves. These demons are there to teach you lessons about where your life is headed. They are there to wake you up and show you that you may be on the wrong path, that you may be heading in the opposite direction, or that you may not as yet have asked the right questions that will lead you to the answers you seek.

In the end, opportunities whether filled with demons or angels are there to teach us great lessons about ourselves, and are therefore guiding posts to a better future if we take the time to learn and grow from each opportunity that comes our way.

  • What is it about this opportunity that could lead to undesirable results?
  • How can I see this opportunity in a different light?
  • Whose feedback and guidance can I draw from to help me make the best decision here?
  • Does this opportunity mean short-term loss for long-term gain? Or is it the other way around?
  • If I take on board this opportunity, what other doors of opportunity could it open for me? What doors could it also potentially close?
  • If I run with this opportunity, will it mean that I am limiting or expanding my options in the future?
  • Do the benefits of taking this opportunity on board outweigh the potential consequences?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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miWisdom today… Good fortune doesn’t always lead to a better life, nor does bad luck lead to a life of despair, suffering and anguish. It is not what happens to us but rather what we do with circumstances that makes all the difference in the end.

  • This seems like bad luck on the surface, however, what can I learn from it that will allow me to make better decisions in the future?
  • What possible hidden opportunities have now opened up for me because of this unfortunate incident?
  • What is a better way of looking at this situation that I haven’t noticed before?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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miWisdom today… Given time and overwhelming circumstances, people eventually resign to their fate, give up on themselves and begin to accept the mediocrities of life without further questions. Unable to break free, they learn to settle down in a very unhappy and depressing world.

  • Have I settled for mediocrity, or am I still searching for solutions that will allow me to climb out of my depths?
  • Do I look for all the problems in my life, or do I focus on opportunities that will allow me to move forward?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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miWisdom today… What appears to be a missed opportunity is in fact within your grasp if you look for more information and clues under the surface. It is never too late to take advantage of an opportunity if you keep your eyes and senses open to the clues that exist all around you.

  • What potential opportunities out there am I currently not seeing?
  • What clues are hidden within the environment or in other people’s words that I may be missing here?

If you have a similar learning experience or would like to add to the list of questions, you may do so by commenting below.

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