It’s an early episode of Andy Griffith, black-and-white, and Opie is about 6 years old. As usual, Andy has arranged a scheme for Barney to capture a fugitive so that Barney’s self-esteem can increase.
Andy responds to Opie, “Well son, now that’s a right thoughtful question.”
Opie grins and puffs out his chest, “I thought about it today while I was standing in the corner, Paw!”
Sometimes our best insights seem to come out of the times we’re in the most trouble. Times when we’re forced to stop and be still. Times when it seems everything is working against us. Times when we may be attuned for wisdom that comes from unexpected places.
A few years ago I had a very normal, predictable health and fitness business. We were growing in numbers and revenue. Then some things in that industry changed and at the same time, banking practices changed. The combination left me “standing in a corner” with nothing but my thoughts – and major debt. But in that time I started to envision a business that could grow exponentially without having the normal restraints like employees and building size. I don’t think I would have thought about the business I have today had I not spent some time in an unpleasant situation.
If you’re standing in a corner today, it’s not a time to just worry and fret over the past.
Don’t overlook the opportunities for new connections and insights to create a future that is richer and more meaningful.