Opportunity hides in
plain sight, and until I have a dream, I canít see the opportunities
that are right in front of my eyes.
If I am having a hard time recognizing opportunity, I need to take a
trip to the dream factory, pick out a shiny new dream, and start working
on it. Once I have a dream, opportunities start popping up everywhere.
Opportunity is a shy visitor. When opportunity comes calling, itís
usually disguised as a problem or hard work, and it doesnít remain for
long unless itís immediately invited in. I know opportunity well and
recognize all of its disguises.
The Life Long Disoriented flee opportunity when it comes disguised as
problems. I embrace problems and fall in love with opportunity.
Opportunities frequently don't last long, and the window of opportunity
is small. If I want to reach my dreams, I must take advantage of it as
it passes by. When the winds of opportunity blow through my life, I
must raise my sails of positive expectations and cruise on the ocean of
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you sail at night, take a good look at the midnight sky. You can
see billions of miles and millions of light years in every
direction. From the beginning of time, astronomers have searched
the sky for signs of life, and so far the only place where life is
known to exist is on planet earth.
unique because itís chock-a-block with life; itís everywhere, and
itís relentless. Itís in the air, on the land, and in the depths
of the sea. The reason earth is such an awesome place is because
itís a sanctuary for life in an otherwise hostile universe.
Sailing around the world in a yacht allows you to see life in all
its glory. Because you sail in remote locations beyond the reach
of the developers and destroyers, you see life in a different
manner than city slickers do. Their version of life is limited to
a few birds in Central Park, dogs on leashes, and animals in
zoos. Itís an extremely skewed view of what life is all about.
In cities, itís hard for people
to appreciate or experience the richness of life as they ride
subways and work in concrete jungles. Their constrained view of
life is to wake up in the morning, commute, work somewhere all day
long, commute again, spend the evening at home, and then repeat
the cycle the next day. When that is their daily routine, they
may not even notice that that their planet is alive. The only
living things they see may be people, pigeons, dogs and cats, plus
a few cockroaches thrown in for good measure.
Contrast that to the life of a
sailor totally immersed in our living planet. He wakes up in the
morning to the sound of seabirds in his small patch of paradise.
Sea turtles swim by, and when his sailboat gets underway,
porpoises escort him out to sea. The sea is alive with mahi mahi,
Spanish mackerel, and tuna. When he makes a long passage
offshore, wandering birds often rest on deck using his yacht as a
floating island. Sometimes the birds even land on his finger and
eat from his outstretched hand. When he visits the Galapagos,
all manner of creatures tolerate his presence totally unafraid
because they know he means them no harm. Thatís the way the world
was meant to be, full of life that surrounds us on all sides.
Now that I am back in ďuncivilizationĒ,
I am hearing talk about how hard life is. Wars, sub-prime
mortgages, foreclosures, the high cost of health care, drug abuse,
political corruption - the list goes on and on. Unfortunately,
Iím not hearing much talk about how good life is. Thereís a
perceptual problem here. We are focusing on the dross and slag,
when there is pure gold right in front of our eyes.
Life is pure
gold, and life is good.
Life is an awesome miracle. The fact that we are here on planet
earth means that we won the lottery of life. We won first prize,
and all of the living things that surround us are our most
When I sailed around the world, the most important discovery I
made was that life is good. Everything thatís alive, including
you, is a massive miracle. Donít waste your time complaining
about the things in your life. Forget about your woes and
worries, and instead, focus on the miracle of life You are a
miracle and you live in a miraculous world.
A fitting epitaph at the end of
lifeís journey would be: ďBeen there, done that, life is good.Ē