Wasting an opportunity is stupid; waiting for an opportunity is lazy; looking for an opportunity is smart; creating an opportunity is genius. Can one get any better? Yes, converting all circumstances into an opportunity is spiritual. The events and circumstances of life are often not under our control, but how we look at them always is. Spirituality gives us a way of looking at life that converts all circumstances into opportunities for spiritual growth.
Spiritual growth is the very purpose of life. Thus, the spiritual viewpoint makes it possible to use everything that we do, and everything that happens to us in life, for moving towards the goal of life. To illustrate this point, let us take three major aspects of life — the work that we do, the people in our lives, and the happenings in our lives.
The work that we do is a privilege. It has been given to us because we are dear to God. God has no shortage of instruments, and with eternity at his disposal, He is not in a hurry. Therefore, it is an expression of God’s love that he gives us the ability to do something, and the circumstances in which that ability can be used for doing something. Looking at work in this way makes the work that we do an opportunity for spiritual growth.
The superficial way to look at people in our lives is to classify them into those whom we like, and those whom we dislike. A deeper way to look at both these categories is as manifestations of the Divine. It is easier to see those whom we like as manifestations of the Divine than those whom we dislike. If we can see the Divine in those whom we dislike, we can see the Divine in anybody. Seeing the Divine in all is a part of spiritual growth. Thus, the people whom we dislike are an opportunity for spiritual growth. Therefore, we should welcome the Ravana in our life — be it the spouse, the mother-in-law, or the boss!