One of my blog readers wrote to me about an opportunity she had recently. We’ll call her Wanda. She was with a friend of hers, who also reads my blog.
Wanda and her friend found themselves unwittingly in the middle of quite a dramatic situation involving several other people. Things got inflammatory among the parties involved. Emotions were high. And behavior was getting a little crazy. Wanda said that she and her friend stayed centered and were able to bring some peace to the situation, but that the other people involved remained upset and in the drama.
Later, Wanda and her friend had a moment to be alone as they were driving. Wanda said they were quiet for a while in the car. Finally Wanda looked at her friend and said, “Well, this is the perfect opportunity.”
Her friend looked confused and said, “Huh?”
“Yes,” said Wanda. “We have been given a great opportunity NOT to collude with each other.”
They both laughed. Wanda said it was a great reminder, and that it removed the temptation to do what would have been so easy in that moment: to trash other people. Wanda said that it really raised the energy between she and her friend.
I like this story because I’m in an airport with delayed flights today. My own reader has reminded me that I have the opportunity NOT to let my ego get puffed up!
How many opportunities can you find in each day?