By Cari Skrdla
The Law of Polarity decrees that everything has an opposite. Everything that has a top must have a bottom. Everything that has an outside must have an inside. Everything that has a downside must have an upside. Good and bad, right and wrong, hot and cold, night and day everything has an opposite.
Every Bad Has Something Good In It
A great habit to develop is using the ‘Law of Polarity’ in your favor. It’s easy to dwell on the negative side of things, which in turn categorizes them as negative vibrations. Remember everything we perceive as bad has something good in it. We only need to look for the good in every situation and focus your attention on that good. This will put you in a positive vibration that will attract more of the good and less of the bad.
When challenges arise, ask yourself: what is the best thing about this situation? What can I learn from what I’m experiencing? How can I transmute this situation into a positive outcome? These questions focus your marvelous mind on the opportunity that exists inside every situation. Instead of drowning in pity, it empowers you to step forward in faith. Consider the following examples. When Steve Jobs was in his 30s he got fired by Apple, the very company he founded. Instead of wallowing in pity he co-founded computer company NeXT and launched the highly successful Pixar Animation Studios. Apple later acquired NeXT and almost a decade later reinstated Steve Jobs as CEO. On his return he transformed the world with the iPod, iPhone and iPad. One ponders the question would the iPod, iPhone and iPad exist today if Jobs never got fired from Apple?
In 1919 Walt Disney was fired from the Kansas City Star. According to his editor he ‘lacked imagination and had no good ideas’. He saw this as an opportunity to try something new. He went on to create many extremely successful cartoon series and built the theme parks of today that still bear his name. Would Disney World exist today if Walt Disney were not fired in 1919?
J.K. Rowling was terminated from her role as a secretary for the London Office of Amnesty International. She used her severance check to support her while she pursued her dream of becoming a writer. In effect she took advantage of the downtime to materialize her dream. She’s now the multi-billionaire author of ‘Harry Potter’ the most successful book series of all time. Would Harry Potter exist today if J.K. Rowling were not fired from her job? I think not.
All 3 of these stories portray the ‘Law of Polarity’ in action. Each person was fired from their job. Instead of getting depressed or looking for a lesser job they saw the situation as an opportunity to pursue something bigger and better.
Appearances Can Be Deceptive
What’s important to understand here is that appearances can be deceptive. Something that might first appear to be ‘bad’ often turns out to be a blessing in disguise. I firmly believe that ‘bad things’ happen in order to send you spinning into a different orbit. We all cling to regular routines and patterns. But sometimes the only way to force us to change direction is a ‘pattern interrupt’. As Napoleon Hill put it “Every adversity, every failure and every heartache carry with it the seed of an equivalent or a greater benefit.”
You Decide if It’s Good or Bad
In effect every situation just is. You make it good or bad by deciding how you are going to think about it. If a situation appears to be extremely negative, then you need to change your perspective. Look at the situation under the lens of opportunity. Remember the ‘bad times’ are what give the ‘good times’ their euphoria. Some of the most successful people in the world had difficult childhoods. Many used these ‘bad times’ as the fuel that flamed their motivation to change their situation. In effect if they didn’t experience the bad then they would not be experiencing the good today. They boxed up the negative energy and burned it as fuel to blaze a path in a new direction.
Failure Can Be a Good Thing
Consider the fact ‘failure’ is the polar opposite of ‘success’. Yet without failure it’s difficult to experience success. You didn’t learn to walk the first time your feet touched the floor. You fell down but you kept getting up. You failed your way to success. Failure and success are opposite ends of the same continuum. Yet in order to traverse the distance that exists between the two you have to work with the negative in route to the positive.
The perfect illustration of this concept is ‘Thomas Edison’. It is said he failed 10,000 times in route to creating the filament for the incandescent light bulb. Yet his attitude was always the polar opposite of the results he was experiencing. He famously remarked that ‘I have not failed. I’ve just found 10,000 ways that won’t work’. In effect he saw each failure as a success because he had successfully ruled out 10,000 ways that won’t work. Ultimately this eventually led him to the one way that did work.
So, in summary, it’s essential to look for the good in every bad. Realize that negative circumstances exist to help you to create positive circumstances. Remember your attitude is the instrument that releases the good from every bad.