“Problem or Opportunity”

by Dr. Susan Nettleton

A positive and optimistic approach to life reframes problems as opportunities. We learn to see life's difficulties as challenges for growth, as possibilities, as chances to redirect events to fulfill our dreams and achieve our goals. Problems are opportunities, but not every opportunity needs to be a problem. There are times in life when doors open unexpectedly and gratuitously. We are given a gift from Life. It may come as a second chance, the right personal connection, money, or other material means, an invitation, an offer, the favorable circumstance — an opening. And we hesitate to walk though. Perhaps life has seemed too hard, every change burdened with difficulties and disappointment. We are wary. We don't trust it. We make it a problem. Opportunities are freely given by God, and Grace does appear, awaiting only our acceptance.