Bubbles: metaphor for opportunity? What if 'when the bubble bursts', we are left, not with emptiness, but with space teeming with opportunity? What if we are left with a gift, pieces of the bubble, and pieces of the original masterpiece; the blueprint, which we can take and turn into the next big work of genius? What if we are left with the seeds of opportunity? Generally, it seems as if the "bubble" represents the "greatest thing ever" and with that burst, misfortune takes its place. Well, you certainly burst his/her bubble! The dotcom bubble burst... the housing market bubble burst... the stock market bubble burst. But, what if the burst bubble is a good thing?
We have heard it before from the likes of Dale Carnegie, who first said, "When fate hands you a lemon, make lemonade." My friend, and teacher, Rosemary Altea comforts as she gives messages from people who have passed on when she says, "When God takes something from us, he always gives us something in return." There is an old Irish blessing I learned from my Mother, "If God shuts one door, he opens another."
Recently James Bird, a Postdoctoral Fellow in the Math Program at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, uncovered another example taken from nature. He studied bursting bubbles while working on his PhD at Harvard University. He filmed the moment when the skin of a bubble's surface popped, and noticed a ring of small bubbles took the place where the bubble's edge had once existed. Using a high-speed camera, Bird captured the proof. Proof that rather than exploding, disappearing and becoming nothing, the walls of the bubble actually fold back on themselves. When they do, a ring of many tiny bubbles appears in its place. Proof that there is more than meets the eye, and 'loss' is actually gain - just in a different format. (For further information, you may visit www.nature.com and read "How the bubble bursts")
What if in a moment of hardship, tragedy, problem, or irritant each of us looked for what was left when our "bubble" burst? Napoleon Hill summed this up by saying, "Opportunity? Often it comes in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat." Albert Einstein recognized the same in nature and in life when he stated, "In the middle of difficulty lies opportunity." Lee Iacocca shared his views when he said, "We are continually faced by great opportunities brilliantly disguised as insoluble problems." What about the old adage, "Opportunity knocks to those who are listening?"
In following along with this thought, I came across a website marcandangel.com. In their article, "What You Need to Know When Tragedy Strikes," a person in a dream tells the dreamer, “My son, tragedy is simply a miracle waiting to be discovered. Because within lie the seeds of love, learning, forgiveness, and empathy. If we choose to plant these seeds, they grow strong. If, on the other hand, we choose to overlook them, we prolong our tragedy and leave somebody else to discover the miracle.”
I might be the eternal optimist, but I agree with Joseph Sugarman when he says, "Each problem has hidden in it an opportunity so powerful that it literally dwarfs the problem. The greatest success stories were created by people who recognized a problem and turned it into an opportunity."
There are some of us who miss the opportunity because we are so busy looking elsewhere, or are so busy seeing only our view of the situation or who are afraid to see the opportunity for what it is. I do not know who said this one, but I caution us to consider it. Opportunity is often missed because we are broadcasting when we should be tuning in." Billy Joel said, "Some people stay far away from the door if there is a chance of it opening up. They hear a voice in the hall outside and hope that it just passes by." Could you be the broadcaster, perhaps complaining instead of tuning in and seizing the opportunity? Could you be the one huddling in the house hoping no one finds you when the opportunity knocks? In the face of all we are presented with in politics, in our economy, in the loss of loved ones, in our everyday trials and tribulations - are you one who seizes the moment, or somehow finds a way to avoid it?
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By Kristine Benevento
Kris Benevento is a healer, and a teacher and writer in the making. Through observation she uncovers metaphors for spiritual growth in the commonplace. Much like the 1971 Coca Cola Jingle, "I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing, (in perfect harmony)" she too would like to sing about what she uncovers. Kris considers herself an eternal student. As often as she can she participates in drumming and journeying circles. She is a full healer member of the Rosemary Altea Healing and Educational Foundation and a Tutor in Rosemary Altea's online Trinity Learning Course.