Opportunities: Grab one!

Motivational, Tough Love!

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“If it is to be, it is up to me.” – William Johnson

I could talk at length (but you know that!) about opportunities. How they are all around us, how if you don’t grab the one in front of you someone else will, how we settle too often for too little, blah blah blah.

But instead of pitching a handful of pennies into the fountain, I’m going to pull out the big bucks. I’m going to hit you up poet style.

Okay, one penny. Don’t wait for the opportunity to knock on your door. Go out and MAKE your own opportunities. Lots of them.

You don’t get far in this world with passive verbs on your breath…you have to have active verbs between your teeth.

Now for that poem – I love this one. Read it, re-read it, write it down, take it in and live it out:


With doubt and dismay you are smitten
You think there’s no chance for you, son?
Why, the best books haven’t been written
The best race hasn’t been run,
The best score hasn’t been made yet,
The best song hasn’t been sung,
The best tune hasn’t been played yet,
Cheer up, for the world is young!

No chance? Why the world is just eager
For things that you ought to create
Its store of true wealth is still meagre
Its needs are incessant and great,
It yearns for more power and beauty
More laughter and love and romance,
More loyalty, labor and duty,
No chance – why there’s nothing but chance!

For the best verse hasn’t been rhymed yet,
The best house hasn’t been planned,
The highest peak hasn’t been climbed yet,
The mightiest rivers aren’t spanned,
Don’t worry and fret, faint hearted,
The chances have just begun,
For the Best jobs haven’t been started,
The Best work hasn’t been done.

Berton Braley

Great stuff!

Make each opportunity count double,
Buttermilk Press

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