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Day 322 - O is for OPPORTUNITY

Friday, November 18, 2011

"If opportunity doesn't knock - build a door." --Milton Berle

How many times do we let opportunity pass us by? Sometimes it's a matter of luck - right place, right time. Other times, perhaps we overlook it.

If a 'big' opportunity comes along, you might not recognize it for what it is until it's too late. Or you might not be in a position to take advantage of it: you can't invest in 'a golden opportunity' if you're strapped for cash at the moment.

Maybe you're familiar with the Latin motto, 'Carpe diem' - 'Seize the day.' Instead of sitting back and waiting for the big opportunity, search out little ones. You might find they're all over the place.

--You go out to lunch with a friend. The restaurant features a 'light' menu, with low-fat, low-calorie choices, but nothing on it is the kind of fare you normally eat. So what? It's an opportunity to try something new; if you don't care for it, you forego it in the future, but if you like it, you have a new dish you can order.

--You stop by the library hoping to pick up a copy of the latest bestseller. They're all checked out at the moment, but the librarian tells you the same author has already published two books. Now you have an opportunity to sample his / her other work - and it doesn't cost you a dime.

--Free membership for 30 days to a local gym. You're nervous about how you'll look, what you'll wear, and everything that comes with something new. But it's an opportunity that might not be offered again for quite awhile, and what the heck, if you don't like it after a month, you'll have found out it's not for you.

Opportunities abound, if you look for them. Make the most of them by trying new things, using them to experiment, and discovering more about yourself in the process. You can seize the day through the opportunities you choose.

"Be an opener of doors." --Ralph Waldo Emerson
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