Wednesday, May 15, 2013

What if Opporunity Doesn't Knock?!?


By
Chris Newcomb, M.Div.

You've probably heard the famous saying that 'Opportunity Knocks' before this column.  It's an old adage and many times it is very true.  That is, 'opportunity' shows up or 'knocks' in the form of a phone call, an email, or a letter when we least expect it.  New jobs have been obtained by answering opportunity's knocking.  Dates and subsequent marriages have occured because someone was listening for the faint knocking of opportunity's knuckles of their door of life.  What if, however, opportunity doesn't knock? 

This is a great question.  We often wonder whether life is a series of random experiences or if the universe is run by a Divine Being(s) or if we are just floating on a random rock in a big universe with no rhyme or reason.  Sometimes, this is not a pleasant question to answer because the answers are not always obvious.  However, one thing we can consider that does make sense: personal application. 

As I said before, sometimes, opportunity knocks.  However, sometimes opportunity doesn't know to knock and we need to build it a door to knock on.  That is, you can influence your future by your actions.  But change really starts before that.  It begins with your thoughts.  Your thoughts become your actions.  Your actions shape your present and your future.  And sometimes, you have to build the door on which opportunity can knock it's proverbial knuckles. 

How do you do that?  Glad you asked.  Sometimes 'building a door' is in the form of preparation like weekly training for a marathon in the near future.  Other times, it involves studying a subject hard for 4 years in college so you can become a trial lawyer.  Still, it might include asking for help from someone to do for you what you cannot do for yourself.  This is how recovery works.

If you 'build the door' of recovery by asking for help, opportunity will come knocking.  It can't not happen.  It is the way things work.  When you ask for help, eventually, someone will help you.  And when they help you, the possibilities of your life will expand exponentially thus inviting opportunity to knock. 

Everyday, in our line of work, we hear the knock of opportunity daily.  As people submit themselves to the detox and rehabilitative process, we see and hear opportunity knocking change into lives that were formerly shattered.  It is a great sight to see!

At The Coleman Institute, we are always here for you.  Our desire is to help you bring change to your life by getting clean and staying clean from drugs and/or alcohol.   Should you find that you need our services, please do not hesitate to call Jennifer Pius or Amy Stewart at 1-877-77-DETOX (33869). 

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