How Your Problems Are Your Greatest Opportunities
By Andy Harrison
After going through some unforeseen challenges this week, I was struck by this insight today on the incredible value that’s hidden in problems.
Let’s just pretending for a second that any time a challenge comes up in your life, 4 doors suddenly appear. So you as soon as you become aware of a problem, you suddenly see 4 doors that were not there before.
Let’s just keep pretending that you have had lots of experience with problems in the past and you know that behind each of these doors is a better experience than anything that you’ve had so far.
Door number 1 has a sign that reads “Now”. Door number 2 has a sign that reads “Soon”. Door number 3’s sign reads “Later”. And door number 4’s sign reads “All Time and Beyond”.
So from your past experiences you know you can walk through the door marked “Now” and you will instantly feel better.
You also know that you can walk through the door marked “Soon” and have a solution to the short term situation.
Continuing, you know that if you walk through the door that reads “Later”, you will understand the underlying patterns that created your problem so that you can avoid similar problems in the future.
Finally, you also know that if you walk through the door that reads “All Time and Beyond” you will suddenly have a brand new perspective on who “you” are and what the “problem” was. You will see that the problem itself never existed; that it was a byproduct of your belief in a false self concept. You had been seeing yourself as a static entity separated from the ever changing process off living itself and thus at the mercy of forces out of your control. You will see that the “you” you believed yourself to be also never existed. That the real “you” IS the process of living itself which is all-ways changing and that what you used to call problems are simply one small little point in this process.
As you look at the 4 doors you can choose to walk through any one of them or you can choose to turn the other way and soon discover the doors are following you.