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The envious man thinks that if his neighbor breaks a leg, he will be able to walk better himself.
-- Helmut Schoeck


Tuesday, December 21, 1999


The word “opportunity” has come to be so closely associated with the chance to make a lot of money that we often forget it has many other meanings. An opportunity is a situation in which you can make a difference, a set of conditions that is ripe with possibilities for growth, improvement, positive experience and accomplishment.

Yes, there are plenty of opportunities to make money, yet we must not be so focused on them that we sail right past all the other great opportunities. A lost opportunity never comes back, so we must seize them where we find them.

Each day presents all kinds of opportunities -- to learn, to find joy, to offer encouragement toward others, to help, to comfort, to strengthen relationships, to experience new things, to overcome challenges. Opportunities are life’s way of urging us on. Only when we seize them and make the most of them do we move forward.

Every day is filled with opportunities. How many of them are you seeing? How many are you utilizing? There are plenty of opportunities available to everyone. Those who value, respect and live out the opportunities are who we refer to as winners.

You have a wealth of opportunity in this day. See it and use it!

— Ralph Marston

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