Use Obstacles to Your Advantage

 

I learned a valuable life lesson last month when I tried to check in for a 12 hour flight from Heathrow to Cape Town. You may not fly. Yet this lesson is all about how adversity can actually turn out for your own good.

I was told by the staff of the airline that their culture requires an online reservation of seats. It was unclear however when the online reservations were open. I did not succeed at booking in online. All of this led to me sitting in the worst seat of an Airbus—for 12 hours I had to listen to a toilet flushing on average every 10 minutes. The whole ordeal had tow benefits:

—-I only had to move 3 feet to get to the toilet and never had to wait in line ups.

—I since flew with other, and perhaps better organized, airlines and you have no idea how I now appreciate proper seating.

While in Cape Town I took a photograph of a wise African saying at the African Café in the downtown core. It is posted under Twit Pic. It read as follows:

“Everything happens for a reason. People change so that you can learn to let go. Things go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they go right, and sometimes good things fall apart so better things can fall together.”

If your life will be an example to others you will have to learn to deal well with adversity. Some days you will succeed and some days you will fail. Try to have more successes than failures. Things do go wrong so that you can appreciate them when they go right. One can apply this lesson at work, at home and in one’s own daily adventures toward living a life by example.

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2011-04-18T07:00:42+00:00 April 18th, 2011|Guidance|

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