Ah, vacation photos. Or, these days, vacation videos:) Earlier this week, my brother sent me a video of my nephew cliff jumping (read that – jumping off the side of a cliff) somewhere along the coast in Nice, France. The video was a bit grainy and it was a tad wobbly but I totally got it. He was cliff jumping. In the south of France. He had a once-in-a-lifetime chance – and he went for it!
My son, Jordan, will be leaving Anchorage in a little over a month. There are a few things that he has yet to do before he leaves. Some experiences that he, no doubt, will not have the chance to do again outside of Alaska. Lately, he has been wondering if he should spend the money (which is a valid consideration) but I am praying he will be able to do them. When will he ever again have the opportunity to ride with Alaskan sled dogs? Now is his chance – and I hope he will go for it.
I will never have the chance to ride in a dog sled. And I do not see a visit to the French Riviera in my future. However, doors of opportunity are always around me but how often do I miss them? Or simply refuse to open them? Many of the doors I encounter are not once-in-a-lifetime type opportunities but they have great potential nevertheless. I think I miss some of them because I am simply too focused on my routine. Going through the motions of an “ordinary” day and I don’t even notice a door of opportunity.
I must confess, however, that too often I pass by an opportunity because it pushes me out of my comfort zone. Or I do not feel qualified. Or I simply am not willing to take the risk. As I, mentally, get more and more comfortable with this new decade of my life, I want to stop walking past the doors of opportunity I encounter – once-in-a-lifetime ones or just new doors. There is no end of possibilities waiting for me….if I will simply take the chance!!
These are my thoughts today on the Five Minute Friday prompt of chance. You can read others’ thoughts here. I wanted to thank everyone for their comments and encouragement on Wednesday’s post. The community here is such a blessing. Here’s to a great weekend ahead. I know so many are affected by the extreme heat of late. Keep cool and stay safe.