DON'T MISS YOUR BOAT!
Jas and I grew up in a very religious household. Moms is an ordained Christian minister and dad was THE loudest singer in the Metropolitan Baptist Church choir.
Growing up in church gave us the foundation to keep pushin’ on in spite of any circumstance. It taught us to remain faithful in knowing that all things would work out for our good, and that help was always on the way. In thinking on this recently, it reminded me of a story my dad told us when we were young (some of you pk's may have already heard this one).
I’ve seen so many examples of this in real life and I imagine that’s why I remember the story today. How many opportunities have passed us by because we didn't recognize them for what they were? How many different solutions have been presented to us to fix our problems, but go ignored because we believe our opportunity or answer has to look a certain way (does this sound a lot like a meditation practice to anyone else?)?
One of the main reasons we miss opportunities for growth and rescue is due to stubbornness. At times we become so set in our ways and belief systems that we almost create blinders to anything outside of that box.
Another blinder that keeps us from seeing solutions to our problems, is that we become so focused on something else. A perfect example is the invisible gorilla study discussed in Why You Miss Success. This will definitely change your perspective on how we see things and how the mind can really block out what we're not looking for. And the truth is, we've all missed out on come-ups and opportunities at some point in life. None of us gets it right 100% of the time and, just like our man on the roof, most people end up regretting the things they didn't do versus saying yes to trying something different or unexpected.
In a final nod to our church roots, we've included How To Meditate: 10 Tips For Christians. While Black Zen is non-religious in nature, many of our readers ask this question often so we didn't want to leave anybody hanging! It's a great article that shows how to bridge a meditation practice with a prayer life. Similar to that raft, meditation may just be the vehicle needed to assist our rescue. And while it may not look like it, we need to be open to trying new things and sometimes shift out of our comfort zone to be saved. Don't get stuck on the roof!
Opportunities, personally and professionally, will present themselves and it's our job to recognize them and then take action. Some opportunities may even look like obstacles (still looking at you meditation). When we overlook assistance by being stubborn, too focused on something else, or just rigid in how we think things need to be, we miss an opportunity to truly grow and get out of the muck that surrounds us.
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