“When we least expect it, life sets us a challenge to test our courage and willingness to change; at such moment, there is no point in pretending that nothing has happened or in saying that we are not ready. The challenge will not wait. Life does not look back.”– Paulo Coelho
When it comes to your life, your growth, your success, whether you want to change yourself or not, life will not wait. Life will continue. Life will not look back. Your opportunities will not wait. Your clock will not stop. Your soul will not wait. Because if you don’t use your mind, it will deteriorate. Frank Herbert said, “Live the best life you can.” Live your life. Live your life in the present, not in the past. We don’t live our lives. Why is that? Because we live in the past. Believe it or not, it is time to change your home address. If you don’t, life will not wait. It continues. Life continues.
“Every man has his own destiny: the only imperative is to follow it, to accept it, no matter where it leads him.”– Henry Miller
When it comes to your life, live it. You have what it takes to live it. Just do it. Do not bring your past regrets into your present life. No matter what may have happened to you in your past, do not let it keep you away from your dreams. Do not wait for someone to change your life for you. It is your responsibility to do it for yourself. Do not limit yourself. You can live a good life. You can live a courageous life. You can live a happy life. No matter what, do not make the mistake of settling for less. You are better than less. You are for more, not less. To make that happen, you must do your own part.
“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.”- Orison Swett Marden
There are opportunities everywhere. Your opportunity is not in your environment. It is not in your house. It is not in your “luck or chance.” The life you are seeking, the growth you are seeking, the happiness you are seeking, the love you are seeking, the togetherness you are seeking is in you. It is in your soul. It is in your suffering. It is in the dark.
When you listen to your suffering, you can learn a lot from it. The Scripture says, “And not only that, but we also glory in tribulations, knowing that tribulation produces perseverance; and perseverance, character; and character and hope.”
The opportunity you are looking for is not in your environment. It is in your suffering. It is in your character. It is in hope. So whenever you are faced with problems, you should be happy for facing them. Instead of running away from your problems, why not use the opportunity to connect with yourself, to bring out the best in yourself, to love yourself even more. Why not? What are you waiting for?
Robert Collier was right when he said, “In every adversity there lies the seed of an equivalent advantage. In every defeat is a lesson showing you how to win the victory next time.” Whatever you are going through, it is not here to stop you from reaching your goals. Do not ignore your suffering. It has a lot to teach you. All you need to do is to just make room for it to happen. It is your responsibility to do it for yourself, for your future. Do not limit your life. You have a goal to achieve. You have your life to live. And to do that, you need to leave your safe zone. You need to challenge yourself. The only way to get your opportunity is to make sure that your feelings about your opportunity never defeat you. Because if you allow your emotions to control you, you miss your golden opportunity. Do not miss it.