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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… When perceptively negative circumstances befall people, they will usually tend to think the very worst of their predicament. Even if this person talks positively and optimistically about their situation to others, internally, they are expecting and preparing themselves mentally for the very worst end result. Since our expectations guide our decisions, direction and actions, we will therefore tend to realize our expectations in the real world more often than not.

How is it that our expectations tend to create our reality?

It has to do with our thought patterns and the emotions that we experience on a daily basis. Simply put; the direction of your thoughts influences what you are or are not able to perceive within your present environment. If you are thinking negatively you will tend to see negative people, events, problems and circumstances around you. On the other hand, if you are thinking positively, you will tend to see opportunities abound, that may well assist you in moving past your present reality of problems and obstacles. From here we come to understand that what we perceive externally will directly influence the decisions that we will make in the present moment. These decisions are obviously based on our perceptive filters which come directly from our thoughts and emotions.

Finally, we undertake our plan of action based on these filtered decisions, which will more times than not lead us in the direction of our original thoughts – or in other words, lead us in the direction of our expectations.

To avoid the Expectations Trap, you may find it helpful to ask yourself the following set of questions:

  • What is the real issue here?
  • How best can I define the challenges, obstacles or problems I am currently facing?
  • As I do an internal check of my thoughts and emotions, what future expectations am I currently in the process of creating within the recesses of my mind?
  • Based on these expectations, how am I currently filtering my reality?
  • If my end goal is to look for solutions and opportunities; does my current filter of reality help or hinder me in this process?
  • How must I begin to process my thoughts in order to allow myself to begin opening up my perceptive channels to potential solutions and opportunities?

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… One’s predicaments do not last forever. It ain’t over till you raise the white flag… until that moment you must fight for all you have till the outcome you seek rests securely in your hands.

Many people start feeling sorry for themselves and they have a tendency to become frustrated and disheartened with the circumstances that life throws their way. Without a network of supportive family and friends, they see little hope and begin to wilt away into the abyss of unfulfilled dreams that have been drained of life and sustenance. Little do they realise that they are just moving through a phase, a challenge of sorts that is teaching them lessons, developing within them habits and beliefs that will eventually allow them to deserve to live a life filled with only their dreams and desires. However, unless we learn from these challenges and adapt to what life throws at us, we will indeed struggle, yo-yoing back and forth from despair to experiences of minor fragments of achievement.

  • What is it exactly that I am currently struggling with?
  • What is life trying to teach me through these experiences?
  • What must I do, and how must I adapt for me to continue to progress along this journey?
  • What new habits and beliefs must I begin adopting into my life in order to make this work?
  • Where can I get further support and assistance with these challenges?

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… If something doesn’t work out as you planned the first time around, it usually means that you either forgot a piece of the puzzle, didn’t know that another piece of the puzzle existed, or you simply have a puzzle piece that just doesn’t fit. The worst thing anyone can do is to keep doing the same thing over and over again and expect to obtain a different result. This is known as The Definition of Insanity.

Take a good hard look at your situation (or the metaphor of the puzzle) and clarify whether you forgot a piece; in which case go over your plan or strategy once again to see what you might have overlooked. Secondly, if you didn’t know that there was another piece of the puzzle, than you will have to do further research or speak with others who will provide you with that piece or the answers you are looking for. And thirdly, if you have a puzzle piece that doesn’t seem to fit, make sure to double check to see if this is actually the right piece of the puzzle, or should it be discarded all together and possibly replaced with another piece?

  • What is my challenge or problem?
  • What exactly am I trying to do? What result do I seek to achieve?
  • What piece of the puzzle may I have forgotten?
  • What piece of the puzzle is missing here? What further research must I do? Whom could I speak with?
  • What could I discard that doesn’t seem to fit with the bigger picture and may in fact be sabotaging my success?

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… If fate has a tendency to put you into inconvenient and uncomfortable situations, you must make a stand, look it straight in the eye, and challenge it head on. Life brings us certain people, events and circumstances in order to challenge us emotionally, physically, spiritually and mentally. If we avoid these challenges and attempt to resign to our fate, we will never learn, and therefore fate will come back to visit us all over again until the day we learn to overcome these challenges successfully.

  • What challenges do I face in my daily life that tend to reappear on a constant and consistent basis?
  • Do I tackle these challenges head on, or do I tend to avoid them out of fear or insecurity?
  • What can I learn from the times I tended to avoid these challenges?
  • What will I do next time a challenge of this nature forces me into a corner?
  • Do I understand that doing the same thing will almost always get me the same result?

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… People can be incredibly inconsiderate of others when they are too absorbed in their own life, problems, work and agenda. Even with the best of intentions, during these moments they may hurt their relationships with others unintentionally not even thinking twice about their decisions or actions. Soon they will wake up and observe their behaviour in the reflections of those closest to them. However, will it be too late to mend what is now broken?

  • At this moment, am I thinking about ME or WE?
  • What is the best way to show others that I care for them without losing focus on my tasks or objectives?

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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