Now what kind of a title is that? The opposite of what? what opposite? of what?
Let me splain (explain). But first let me warn you about this post. I wanna make this post lighthearted so I purposely misspelled words to make it a little bit radical. If you are irritated by it, just think of the opposite of being irritated; and that is… joyful!
My goal is to teach that life is a series of tests. We all have the ability to take on those tests because we will not be given a test we cannot handle — that is guaranteed. To grow and prosper, you must face the test and overcome it.
So, if we desire to be patient – there’s only one way to do it. We have to be put in a position opposite of what we normally prefer. Annoying people and uncomfortable environment will teach us how to be patient. It will take time though…. if you try to hurry the process, you are doing the opposite and that is prolly (probably) not good.
The same with the objective of trying to be rich. We should do the opposite. Rich people seem to spend much and live lives bathed in luxury. But not all of people that has that lifestyle are rich. Some have very high income but live their lives in a hand to mouth existence. If they lose their job tomorrow, they will run out of funds within weeks.
So what’s the opposite? We should earn as much as we can and save as much as we can. Savings should be the #2 priority after #1 which is tithing. I could discuss more about tithing but it something that’s better researched and thought out intensively. By saving more, we slowly amass capital that can be used to invest. Our investments in turn will give us income. Instead of working for money, money is working for us.
If your goal is to be good at writing, what you do is go through a process of spending a lot of time learning it by reading. It is the opposite of writing, but it will help you get good at it.
If you want to be strong, you train by putting in an effort until you are too weak to continue. Weak is the opposite of strong – but without experiencing the temporary weakness, it would be impossible to have physical strength or endurance.
In sports, did you notice that if you play against a very good individual or team, you improve? If you play mediocre opponents, you will remain mediocre. So it’s better to seek the stronger opposition. It’s counter-intuitive but it’s the secret to a winning record.
So in our lives, challenges and obstacles will always be there. It doesn’t matter. Our determination should not crumble at the sight of these temporary setbacks. We move on knowing that sometime in the future we would reach our goal.
But we have to start with the opposite.