We can either feel sorry for ourselves or consider everything
that has happened to us as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow
or an obstacle to keep us from growing. We get to make a choice.
I have learned that circumstances do not push or pull. They are
daily lessons that we need to assemble and study for new knowledge and wisdom.
Knowledge and wisdom that if applied will bring about a brighter tomorrow. A
person who is depressed is spending too much time thinking about the way things
are now and not enough time thinking about how he wants things to be.
A stumbling block to the pessimist is a stepping stone to the
optimist. We should not blame the circumstances nor others for our condition. If
we are determined and courageous we can change our life for the better and
jobless man applied for the position of ‘office boy’ at a very big company.
The employer interviewed him, then a test: clean the floor.
“You are hired.” – the employer said. ”Give me your email address, and I’ll send
you the application to fill, as well as when you will start.”
The man replied, “I don’t have a computer, neither an email.”
“I’m sorry,” said the employer, “if you don’t have an email , you cannot have
The man left with no hope. He didn’t know what to do, with only $10 USD in his
pocket. He then decided to go to the supermarket, bought a 10 kg tomato crate, then sold
the tomatoes door to door. In less than two hours, he succeeded and doubled his
capital. He repeated the operation 3 times and returned home with $60 USD. The
man realized that he could survive by this way, and started to go everyday
earlier, and returned late. Thus, his money doubled or tripled everyday. Shortly
later, he bought a cart, then a truck, and then he had his own fleet of delivery
Five years later, the man’s company was one of the biggest food retailers. He
started to plan his family’s future, and decided to have a life insurance. He
called an insurance broker and chose a protection plan. When the conversation
was concluded, the broker asked him his email. The man replied: “I don’t have an
The broker replied curiously, “You don’t have an email, and yet have succeeded
to build an empire. Do you imagine what position you could have if you had an
The man paused for a while, and replied: “An office boy!”
Don’t be discouraged if something is not in your favor today. Better
opportunities are always waiting ahead. Everything in life that happens, happened for
us. Every disappointment, every wrong, even every closed door has helped make
us into who we are.
By Tim Pedrosa