How shall I appreciate my day?

Someone once said to me “You should appreciate everything happening in your life as a great opportunity in your life.” For many years, I didn’t really understand the meaning behind it. Only when I realised how overcoming difficulties had strengthened my life.

I was a person who refused to take responsibilities. Although by nature, I tend to take a leading position. Because of these contradiction, I felt contradiction and eventually it has led to confusion.

One day, a senior person was asking me about my plan after I graduated from a postgraduate degree. I respond “I will continue study” and she said “that’s a lot of work! It’s amazing you are committed to that”. I remember I responded and thought “Well, I have no complains because I choose to do so.” This probably was the first time I took responsibility for my life.

No great man ever complains of want of opportunity.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

There were many opportunities along the journey. One day, I’ve noticed that I have tendency to miss those opportunities because of my hesitation and disbelieve in my capability to do so. For example, a colleague invited me to join a project and I hesitated because I didn’t think I was capable to contribute to the project. Then, what happened? I missed the opportunity. Since then, I have told myself, even if I am not comfortable to accept the offer, I will take the offer and make most out of that opportunity.

People who are rooted in the here and now, who are not defeated by their limitations, who don’t compare themselves to others, who confidently advance along their chosen path – such people are happy, such people are truly great.

Daisaku Ikeda

These days, I feel that I am expanding my boundaries or limitation by accepting that I have limit to my knowledge and able to expand my boundaries or limitations. Everyday I am expanding myself to becoming a better person than yesterday. I think I can feel this way because I have found my life path that I want to fulfill.

What is your chosen path?
Where do you want to go?
Who do you want to be?

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