Even if we can’t see adversity as opportunity, we can still see opportunity in adversity

Some people say, “See every problem as a challenge – see every adversity as an opportunity.” While such an exhortation to think positive sounds good and can be helpful, it can be platitudinous, insensitive or unhelpful especially if we have gone through a catastrophic upheaval.

What can we do amidst such situations? If we can’t see adversity itself as opportunity, we can still seek some opportunity within that adversity or seek some opportunity that may emerge through that adversity. What we seek is what we increase the chance of finding; and if we don’t seek something, we decrease the chance of finding it.

In fact, the attitude of looking for opportunity within adversity is both realistic and optimistic. We don’t deny the problem, but we don’t deny ourselves the opportunity to look for some positivity within the negativity of the problem.

Such thinking becomes easier if we equip ourselves with spiritual knowledge. Gita wisdom explains that we are at our core souls who are on a multi-life journey of spiritual evolution. And overseeing and even orchestrating our evolution is an omniscient, omni-benevolent Lord who can bring good even out of the bad.

Our lasting possession is not any material acquisition or relation that may be threatened or lost amidst adversity; our lasting possession is our spiritual realization – our awareness of our own indestructibility and our inalienable relationship with our Lord. And this realization can be furthered through both materially favorable and unfavorable situations. By connecting ourselves with Krishna through the practice of bhakti-yoga regularly, we will be better equipped to think of him amidst difficulties too, thereby seeing spiritual positivity amidst material negativity.

Echoing this theme, the Bhagavad-gita (18.58) assures that if we become conscious of Krishna, we can rise over all obstacles.

Think it over:

  • What is the problem with seeing adversity as opportunity?
  • How can we see opportunity in adversity?
  • How can spiritual knowledge help us see opportunity in adversity?

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We can’t avoid being pushed by time, but we can choose where we are pushed by time
When time becomes unfavorable, don’t become unfavorable to the Lord beyond time
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  1. sweet are the uses of adversity

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