Recognizing opportunities seems to be in my thoughts lately. In my day to day life before this trip, I don’t recall being faced with as many opprotunities as I seem to be facing while on the trip. I think perhaps it has something to do with the fact that in that day to day life I was so busy I never saw the opportunities. Based on my experience today, I think I must have had tons of new opportunities presented every day, but I just never recognized them. Recently, some events have happened that helped me realize the opportunities I am missing today and gave me some food for thought as I reflected on my ability to recognize and take on opportunities in the past. What does this have to do with focus? In short, I realize that by denying myself opportunities, I create a place of apathy or a space lacking focus. When I take on opportunities, I find my life feeling fuller, more engaging, and I get a sense of growth as I stretch my comfort zone. Opportunities have come to be refreshing and revitalizing. When recognized, they seem to add a bit of focus and direction to my life.
I am pretty slow on the uptake for recognizing an opportunity when it presents itself. I think seeing them in hindsight will help me recognize one sooner. Meanwhile, as I sort that out, if I can pick up on a lost opportunity after the fact, then I am making an effort to do so and right away. One thing I have realized on this trip is that time is short. You have to create your reality day to day and if you lose focus, you lose opportunities.
I have a long way to go to really make use of opportunities. It just seems that this is a theme of late: lost opportunities and how to make up for them. I figured if I shared my insight or thoughts, I might be able to help someone out there shortcut to saving themselves from losing out on something themselves. Good luck!