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What Might Have Been.

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January 20, 2004.

“For all sad words of tongue and pen, the saddest are those, it might have been.”
John Greenleaf Whittier

In a world overflowing with endless chances for us to make our move and make our mark, why are there so many people who never miss an opportunity to… miss an opportunity? And why do so many people constantly grieve over those chances they didn’t take and those opportunities they failed to grab hold of, constantly reliving their past mistakes and missteps? To a person, these dispirited, down in the dumps folks sadly believe that the best of life has passed them by, having slipped away like cascading sands in an hour glass.

Too many people feel that there are only a handful of opportunities afforded us all. They have somehow convinced themselves that once the elusive ‘opportunity of a lifetime’ has come and gone, having been frittered away by their failure to grab it when the grabbing was good, it is gone — and gone for good. Thankfully, nothing could be further from the truth.

“It is better to err on the side of daring than the side of caution.”
Alvin Toffler

These people need to stop living in the past and start living in the present, opening their eyes to see the plentiful opportunity that life offers up daily. Instead of looking for the opportunity of a lifetime, they need to realize that there is a lifetime of opportunities laying right there in front of them.

Contrary to what many erroneously believe, the opportunity to make our lives much more meaningful and the chance to take our lives to a whole new level is where it’s always been — all round us. But seizing opportunity can never be accomplished by sitting safely on the sidelines, hoping something good will fall in our laps.

“The golden opportunity you are seeking is in yourself. It is not in your environment; it is not in luck or chance, or the help of others; it is in yourself alone.”
Orison Swett Marden

Earl Nightingale once said, “Wherever there is danger, there lurks opportunity; whenever there is opportunity, there lurks danger. The two are inseparable. They go together.” There’s little doubt that boldly reaching out and giving life a real go can indeed be risky business. After all, you may fall or come up short in your quest for greatness. But, on the other hand, how far will you go if you never give it a shot?

Would you rather blast away from the past and step into the exciting unknown that’s out there waiting for you or instead just play it safe and close to the vest? True happiness, where one has taken his or her God given talents and forged a lifetime of achievement, can only be attained by those willing to take more than a fair share of chances — and then keep on taking them.

And while you are sure to be shaken by a few bumps along the way, at least you won’t have to worry about being haunted by regrets of lost opportunities of a lifetime, worrying yourself sick over what you may have accomplished, over what you could have done. Over what might have been.

“Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards.”
William Arthur Ward

Now I will quickly grant you that opportunity rarely jumps out in front of you with bells and whistles signaling its appearance. And I will concede that we never really know when or where opportunity will strike — or how long the door of each opportunity will swing open to us. But one thing can be said for certain. If we open ourselves up to accept opportunity when it knocks — and it will most assuredly keep knocking and knocking — we will never suffer a shortage of opportunties. And better yet, we will not only get better at seeing these opportunities, but at seizing them as well.

I urge you to forget about lost chances and to focus on making the most of those opportunities that come your way today and every day for the rest of your life. When it comes to opportunities, please remember this: what goes around will sooner or later come back around. OK, maybe not in the same shape or even the same size, but life will keep tossing opportunities your way, that’s for sure.

Don’t waste even one more moment fretting over what might have been. You should leave the past where it needs to be left: in the past. Instead of reliving your previous slip-ups, you should channel every ounce of your energy into making this day a day that you’ll cherish forever. Then, rather than sitting around thinking about what might have been, you’ll thoroughly enjoy a day that WAS from start to finish — and then do it all over again tomorrow.

The Bottom Line: What you could have or should have done is not nearly as important as what you’re doing with your life right now.

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