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Daily Meditation 09 01 10

We are always surrounded by doors of opportunity. That’s the way life is. Often, opportunities do not come in packages wrapped in the colors we expected. When an unexpected surprise happens, we refuse to see it and so we miss the opportunity. Sometimes we are so focused on a goal far out in the future that we do not see what is right in front of us, or we get so busy hurrying and rushing around that we lose all perspective.

Anne Wilson Schaef

Today’s Meditation:

Possibility and potential–this day and every day are full of both of them. The number of opportunities that we have in our lives is amazing, yet most of us rarely see even a small percentage of the opportunities that life throws our way. There are of course the obvious opportunities such as having the air to breathe and the food to eat to keep us alive (though not everyone on the planet has the same level of opportunity there!), but there are many other opportunities that are just so unexpected that we never even see them. They come our way only to be ignored like a twenty-dollar bill laying under a leaf. It’s there, but the leaf blocks our vision so that we don’t see it and can’t take advantage of it.

Our opportunities lie in many different places that we don’t expect them to lie in. Because we don’t expect to see them, we simply don’t see them. If we’re so caught up in what we’re doing and in how we think things should be going, it can be very easy for us to miss the things that are new and different.

I find that sometimes I can be so focused on what I’m doing that I miss tons of things, and that makes me sad. Of course, being focused allows me to complete things that need to be done, and to do them well, but sometimes I do wonder at the cost. It’s a trade-off that I need to be aware of, of course. But Anne’s right, I think–we are always surrounded by opportunity, and it doesn’t always come knocking in a form that we can recognize simply. For our opportunities and possibilities in life, we have to be ready for them when they arise, and we have to be willing to take the risks involved when they make themselves a part of our lives.

It is very dangerous to go into eternity with possibilities which one has oneself prevented from becoming realities. A possibility is a hint from God. One must follow it.

Soren Kierkegaard

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Daily Meditation 11 29 09

The world is blessed most by people who do things, not by those who merely talk about them.

James Oliver

Today’s Meditation:

The blessings in our lives do not come from those people who think about doing things but never act. They do not come from the dreamers who are more than willing to tell us about their dreams and ambitions, but who never lift a finger to make those dreams into reality.

No, the blessings in our lives come from those people who actually have made the effort to fulfill needs of others, who have faced the risks and challenges involved in making their dreams and ideas become real-life things that we all can benefit from.

There’s a lot of value in talking about our dreams and ambitions. Doing so can help us to clarify our dreams and intentions, and we can develop those dreams as we talk about them, turning the dreams into plans. But there comes a point at which talk is no longer beneficial, and in fact may become harmful. The longer we delay in working towards fulfilling our dreams and ambitions, the less likely we are to start the process that’s necessary to come up with what we want to.

We can be great blessings to the world not by talking about encouraging others, but by actually doing so. We can be blessings by creating things that will help others, not by talking about creating them. We are blessings to the world simply by our being here, but we can make our
being here truly beneficial to others by doing something to make their lives better, not by talking about making their lives better.

Words are plentiful, but deeds are precious.

Lech Walesa

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