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When Tragedy Can be an Opportunity…

  • Published on: 06 February, 2017
  • Last update: 24 August, 2017

I have a little story for you guys. I woke up this morning to my office building on fire – yes, literally! The whole side of the structure was engulfed in flames. We still don’t know for sure if our office was hit or if we have water damage because we can’t get in, but I have been in such good spirits from the moment I found out and I’ll tell you why.

Years ago, I would have freaked out, worrying about my material things being damaged, my future, “why me,” etc. I wouldn’t have been ‘wrong’ for thinking these things – no human is zen 24/7, and fear is a natural emotion. But at this point in my life, I see it like this: from where I’m standing, I have no control over this situation and never did. That fire is going to take its course, and what happened is done. There is no use in worrying about something I can’t change. Going with the flow of life (even with extreme events like this) is so much easier than fighting the current.

Even if my office isn’t damaged, I was able to mentally let go of my attachment to it the moment I found out so that my next thought patterns could come from a place of “This is how it is now, let’s see the next steps from here” (rather than “Why is this happening, if I don’t have ____ I can’t ____”).

Beyond that, hear me when I say this: I TRUST SO HARD.

I made the decision a while ago to fully and deeply believe that everything in my life happens for a reason. I trust the universe / God (whatever your belief is) that even when *I* can’t see the bigger plan, there is one. Somehow, I can always look back and understand why things had to happen the way they did.

I choose to look at something that could be considered a tragedy, as an opportunity. Partly to keep my sanity and stay positive, but also because I know that sometimes things have to fall apart to make room for a sounder structure. You guys see how happy I am when I’m in nature, living a simpler life. The only thing that’s keeping me from moving/tying me to where I live now is that office. I believe today’s fire was a message showing me that what I’m attached to here is so temporary and could be gone any minute, but my happiness and experiences will be with me forever.

I know that instead of being buried, I’m being planted. This ordeal is preparing me for the next step in my life and is jolting me into action. “If you have this idea that there might be another way to live – listen.” ❤️

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