See the advantage of your disadvantage

There’s no such thing as a disadvantage.
Only people who chose to see something as such.
They select to see a disadvantage, whereas others see a miracle.

construction-in-andalusia2Meet a wise teacher:

Meet this building at the entrance to my village.

On first sight it’s the typical unfinished construction you find all over Spain. A symbol of the ups and downs of economies, and a monument to fleeting dreams.

I’ve heard it a dozen times:  « Why don’t they take that away »? « I don’t want to look out onto that ». « This must be a really poor neighbourhood». « This ruins our village ». And so on and so forth.

No, it creates the village, creates heaven.

In an overly touristy region, it is THIS building that creates a haven.

Tourists turn around, commuters decide to look elsewhere. It is THIS building that generates ample parking, safe streets for kids to play on;  it is the STOP sign for the march upwards of the IKEA’fication over authentic, local craftsmanship. It is the REASON why there is still a Flamenco Bar, truly authentic alleys and houses, and it makes the ambiance such a safe and friendly one. It is the REASON why the nature around us has not yet been overrun or ‘parkified’, and the REASON why you can literally still drink from or bathe in the little streams around.

Little David versus Goliath

We always tend to think that poor Little David… won against all odds. We tend to think he had such a disadvantage – and 6ft9 tall Goliath such an immense advantage.

Obviously it’s the other way around: David had ALL the advantages. The advantage of being underestimated, the advantage of not carrying 100 Kg of iron, the advantage of having sharp eyes against the bad eyesight of Goliath; the advantage of a whole childhood of poverty and loneliness, practicing to become competitive; and the advantage of rock solid faith.

And, over anything else, David had « good eyes »: they automatically zoomed in on the good and the positive. It’s all he could see. Against such powerful foundation, no Goliath ever stands a chance.

Slashing through the jungle of modern life, is a lovely walk in the park – when you’ve good eyes.

Then there are no « disadvantages » or « obstacles » on any road, only old and faithful friends deliberately put there to help you.

Ben

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