March 26, 2010.
"Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing that we see too late the one that is open." Alexander Graham Bell
We've all heard numerous variations of the old fisherman's tale, where the fisherman regales folks about the big catch that got away. You know how the story goes. He had the big fish on the hook, almost in the boat when all of a sudden, the fish somehow managed to wrestle free and swim away. The fisherman was left holding an empty hook... and an endless story of what might have been.
How many of us routinely spin our own version of the big one that got away? Truth be told, most of us weave the tale daily. Maybe it's about that big idea that we never pursued. Perhaps it's about a promising business venture that never took off. Or maybe it's about a fantastic 'can't miss' opportunity that never sprouted wings.
For one reason or another - or perhaps no reason at all - we didn't get it done. We didn't make it happen. And it got away.
Just like the hard luck fisherman, all we have left is an empty hook and a hapless story of regret.
"You have to chase your dreams, no matter what. The impossible just takes a little longer. One stroke at a time, one step at a time, the impossible is easy to achieve." Tori Murden
Be honest, how many empty hooks have you experienced in your lifetime? How many golden opportunities have come... and gone? How many big ones have slid right through your fingertips and gotten away?
Where did they go? How did they get away - and why? And most importantly, how many more of life's magical moments are you going to let slip away?
Instead of whining about your missed chances and blown opportunities, why don't you do something about them? Instead of yapping about the big ones that got away, why don't you get off of your duff and pursue them?
And make them come to life... no matter what.
"It is never too late to be what you might have been." George Eliot
Please don't serve up that lame old "it's too late to do anything about them now" excuse. That kind of weak-kneed rationalization is not going to get you anywhere worth going. You and I know, deep down where it counts, that it's never too late to do go after something you truly want. If you really want it, it never goes away.
In your heart and soul, you know you can do it if you'll just give yourself a chance. So why not give yourself that chance?
Instead of talking, start doing. Instead of complaining, start moving. Instead of droning on and on about what could have been and should have been, start making it happen right now.
You know what you want in life. It's time to go get them.
You know what you need to do. It's time to go do them.
You know you can do it. It's time to put your faith to work.
And go get the ones that got away.
"The time for action is now. It's never too late to do something." Antoine de Saint-Exupery
It's time to rekindle your dreams, all of those things you have always wanted to do. Why not give them another whirl and see what happens?
It's time to revive your 'can-do' spirit. Instead of thinking you can't, why not start believing you can and see where it takes you?
It's time to reawaken the power you hold within. And go chase down all of the worthwhile things you have let get away. Go find them. Embrace them.
And make them yours.
The Bottom Line: Never allow even one of life's greatest moments to pass you by.
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