I'm sure that what I am about to type holds true for many events, for lots of people. But the key is to recognize it...and then to use it.
I was just working in the kitchen (unloading the dishwasher) and trying to mentally and emotionally digest something that I had just stumbled upon. With two clicks of my computer mouse, I revealed a job posting...not just any job, but the job that I once coveted. Now what?! I realized not just three weeks ago, that I'm not able to work!
And then my thoughts shifted to opportunities. Having a chronic disease, which for me is Multiple Sclerosis, presents me with lots of new opportunities. It's kind of like an excuse, or even a new reason to do or try something different.
I could meet new people or maybe sample new foods as part of an MS friendly diet. I could share my experiences to help someone who is newly struggling with a diagnosis like mine, or even educate someone who just wants to know more. I could investigate new ideologies, emotions, and responses.
Why am I having this "opportunity awakening" within minutes of a "career opportunity discovery". Is it to remind me, and re-focus me on "there are things to do with your life that are just as fantastic as a forty hour a week paying job"? Or is it to tell me that "new opportunities can be found in this new job if you promise to use all of your new-found personal skills"?