“Chance favors those in motion. Events are brought together to form ‘happy accidents’ when you diffusely apply your energies in motions that are typically non-specific.” ~ James Austin
Captain Gerald Coffey U.S. Navy was a fighter pilot who was shot down and then imprisoned for more than five years during the Vietnam War. How he maintained his spirit of hope during those difficult times is a lesson for anyone who thinks he or she is confronted with a hopeless situation. His experiences while in captivity can be extrapolated and applied to the challenges each of us face today. It’s what one does with the unwanted lessons that are critical in determining its potential outcome or benefit. Consider for a moment what Coffey learned.
Lesson one is anxiety, embrace the uncertain and what makes us afraid. Examine the elements of uncertainty and fear to determine how real they truly are. What you likely learn in that examination will be that your perceptions were skewed. Allow lessons learned from your anxiety give you hope.
Secondly, fear stimulated by the risks inherent in new adventure often demand that we dive in to uncover new ideas and discover new relationships. Go on a new adventure, stretch yourself and find new hope in the lessons you learn from that adventure.
The third lesson is that of taking action. Take time to learn from your experience but don’t allow yourself to just keep it in your head. “Put your nickel down,” and make a plan of action to put your learning to use. Remember action does speak louder than words and we all learn best from taking action.
The fourth lesson Coffey imparts to us is that of adversity. When you or I are confronted with dissonance or dissent our integrity is tested. When it is, we are taught invaluable lessons about our integrity and perseverance. Learn about hope from the lesson learned in the challenge of your integrity.
“Keep going and the chances are you will stumble on to something when you are least expecting it. I have never heard of anyone stumbling on something sitting down.” ~ Charles Kettering