A young man loses a parent. For years he goes through the grieving process alone, without anyone really understanding what it was like to lose someone so close so young. In our society, it is taboo to speak of death, especially when it happens unexpectedly and not in old age. One day he is given a rare and unexpected opportunity. A grieving centre for children is looking for volunteers. He must be afraid of the feelings that may be rehashed, and how depressing it will be helping other children go through the grieving process of losing a parent. Not to mention it is a process that he himself went through virtually alone, and she is not a trained professional, just full of experience.
This young man takes the opportunity anyway. He risks all of the old feelings coming up. As he is trained for the volunteer position, he realizes that his childhood feelings of shame and doubt are not wrong or obtuse at all, but normal! All these harboured feelings of doubt and despair are actually part of the process! He meets strong children who are speaking openly about death, and he ends up drawing strength from their young minds. He offers tips of dos and do nots of grieving, and his fellow volunteers become friends. His group of children become his teachers, and he is respected as a mentor. The depressing feel of the centre becomes one of hope! He grasped opportunity, risked its unknown waters, and reaps the rewards.
Opportunity knocks when we least expect it! We must be aware or we can miss it. A lot of people believe that opportunity rarely comes at all. Perhaps, it is always there but we rarely see it, and we rarely take its masked offer. Opportunity will never be mapped out; complete with its own guidebook on how it will help us. Opportunity is its own mystery, its own adventure, and you can either take the one way ticket, or miss the train all together.
The rewards of taking an opportunity are vast, and with a creative mind, logical sense, and a positive outlook, you can either ride the wave of opportunity, or manipulate it to work best for you. As long as you just analyze the risk, and have an open heart and mind, opportunity is almost always at your doorstep, waiting to be explored.