A set of circumstances that make it possible to do something.
An alignment of conditions that offer the potential for an attainable accomplishment.
When the state of affairs are in such a manner that change is achievable.
It’s what we’re afforded each and every day working in EMS. We are given the opportunity to change someone’s life for the better. We don’t always get the cardiac arrest, the traumatic motor vehicle collision, or the imminent respiratory arrest where that opportunity exists. It lives on each and every call we go on. It’s up to us to recognize it and make the most of it.
I’ve had a lot of opportunities recently. Actually, it seems like a flood. Some better defined and identifiable than others, but opportunities none the less. I’ve honestly felt like the last few weeks has been a failure after a failure after yet another failure. A constant failing of making the most of those opportunities, missing some entirely, and not getting my usual wins for such things. If you asked (or actually to a large extent still ask) me how I would rate it on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being a horrorshow and 10 being that unattainable utopia, I probably would have given it a -2. That’s how it feels like it was going with a number of signs pointing even lower on that scale.
Yet as someone who understands acutely the power of perception and the difference that a perspective can make on a situation, I asked someone else how they would rate it. I figured they’d be kind and gentle, offering a 4 or maybe even a 5 when they really want to say a 2 or a 3.
But they gave it an 8.
So either my perspective is truly warped… or they are being uberly Mother Theresa like kind. I’ll put money on the uberly Mother Theresa kindness, but that still keeps me at around a 4 or 5 which is still +6 higher than I had it pegged at… and for the first time in what feels like weeks, I felt as if maybe I had indeed accomplished something. Is it perfect? No, of course not, nothing is… but it’s still better than nothing.
More importantly today… I’ll have another opportunity to make it better.
I know, I know… it’s more rambling. It’s more cryptic. But it’s still cathartic… therapeutic… provides a chance for reflection… and although it DOES end up on Facebook as a link, the “likes” are undoubtedly more authentic than those Facebook Posts that do pretty much the same thing but get seen by WAY more people because of the fraudulence behind the “liking”.
With that, I’m out as the sun starts to creep up… I got a road test to do… so if this is my last ever blog post… well you’ll know that test didn’t go as planned either.