Painting by Belynda Wilson Thomas

While the challenges are great, so are the opportunities. Unknown

Yesterday on LinkedIn I saw a post. A young man of sixteen went into a job interview with long hair. The owner of the company said, “I don’t hire sixteen-year-olds.” On his way out the door, the owner said, “But, if you cut your hair the job is yours.”

The sixteen-year-old went back the next day with a haircut and the owner looked at him. “I was only kidding, but a deal is a deal.” He got hired and became the owner’s best employee and is now a partner with his former boss.

Where would life have taken him if he didn’t get the haircut and go back to the company? How would he have handled it if the owner of the company had left it at, “I was only kidding,” and didn’t hire him?

What happens when we don’t take the opportunities presented to us? Nothing, and if that happens enough we may wonder how everyone else is doing so much better as they take advantage of opportunities we may overlook. We don’t know where something will lead.

On LinkedIn, an internet radio host reached out to me, and now I will be on his show on January 15th, 2021 at 7:00 Eastern Standard Time. The name of the show is, “In the Author’s Corner With Etienne.” He is just starting up his radio show again after hurricane Maria devastated where he lives. When we are doing an internet radio show it doesn’t matter if we are down the street or in the Virgin Islands.

Who knows where this will lead. We don’t know where anything will lead but if we show up and take advantage of the opportunities that present themselves we can find out. One radio show may lead to more radio shows. We never know when we will meet someone who will make a difference in our lives or whose life we will make a difference in.

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. Socrates

One of the things I love about Toastmasters is we hear real stories about real people, their struggles, and triumphs. What has touched them and shaped their lives? During this time of covid people have less interaction with others but some people are taking this time and making the best of it.

When we can’t take relationships for granted maybe we appreciate them more. We might be talking about things that matter. We might be asking questions about what we want out of the rest of our lives. We might be willing to take some chances, and encourage others to take chances.

A woman on LinkedIn sounds like her life has gone through a complete renovation. She lost her job, took that time to become a published author, says she is making more money now than before, and doing what she loves. She is spending more time with her family and building stronger relationships. We may look at what is lost but for some there are gains. What if there can be gains for all of us if we look at things the right way? What if living through hard times is a blessing? A blessing we would never choose, but out of hard times come tough and resilient people.

Are there opportunities we need to grab hold of? Are there things we need to be grateful for?

Every day, set your mind in the right direction, find something to be grateful for. Joel Osteen

Gratitude in advance is the most powerful creative force in the universe. Neale Donald Walsch

A pessimist sees the difficulty in every opportunity. An optimist sees the opportunity in every difficulty. Unknown

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