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Opportunity Knocks. Will you Hear it and Answer?

Naples, Italy

The word, "opportunity," is an old nautical term that means "toward a port." Ship captains couldn't just sail their boats filled with crew, cargo, and passengers into the harbor. They had to be skilled mariners. They had to measure the wind, current, and tide. They had to be on the lookout for other ships, too. To safely port, they had to see their opening, and then take advantage of the opportunity.

 

Recognizing the history of this beautiful word helps us understand the secret to seizing opportunities.

 

(1) Realize that opportunities come and go. It's better to be prepared and not have an opportunity, than to have an opportunity and not be prepared.

 

(2) You must identify that it is an opportunity for you, and not just a temporary distraction.

 

(3) And finally, you must seize the opportunity by action. Indecision is a decision, and the road of life is paved with flat squirrels who couldn't make a decision.

 

"Life is about opportunities," Janine Shepherd said as she opened her Ted Talk." This Australian pilot's speech is emotional, at times funny, and ever so inspiring. Please take a moment and watch. Perhaps your takeaway will be that you are the opportunity you are waiting for. Click here for the video.

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How to Grieve

How to Grieve, SSI Community Church

"Suffering doesn't choose the weak or the strong, the faithful or the faithless. It chooses the human," by Ann Voskamp.

 

I recently attended service at St. Simon's Community Church, and the pastor's message on grief was very insightful. It may be helpful to you:

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The Day I Lied to the President

The G20 summit in the Fall of 2011 was held in Cannes, France. President Obama and French President Sarkozy were scheduled to deliver a joint press-conference highlighting the NATO alliance and the recent success of the military operation in Libya.

 

I supported the Allied Joint Force Commander's mission, so I traveled to France with him. Our flight on the military jet was quick—only 50 minutes from the American naval base in Italy to Southern France. Once we arrived at the airport, I saw Air Force One towering on the tarmac. The sky was overcast with grey skies and light rain. We wasted no time jumping into our motorcade, and getting escorted by two French motorcycle cops weaving in and out of traffic with their sirens and flashing lights.

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Conquer Writer's Block

I recently connected with an old colleague I hadn’t seen in over a decade. Listening to him on the telephone reminded me of how poetic his Southern vernacular and cadence were. He was a natural storyteller, and his knowledge of the English language coupled with his life of service as a police officer made for engaging conversation. I complimented him, and asked if writing ever interested him. He sighed before replying, “At one time, but life gets in the way.” Read More 
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The Best Advice I've Received

Here is a Top 10 List of the best advice I've received this year:

1. If you say no other prayer, say "thank you."
2. Indecision is a decision.
3. Never fight a man with paint on his pants. Read More 
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My Q&A for the James Patterson MasterClass Journey

1) How did you hear about the James Patterson MasterClass?
I kept seeing MasterClass ads on my Facebook wall. I forwarded the advertisement to several friends who like writing, and I decided to enroll on January 29, 2017.

2) Have you taken any other MasterClass courses?
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Japan vs USA

I had been surviving in Japan for one year when I was asked to return to the States to testify as a witness in an old case stemming from my adventure in the remote jungles of Papua New Guinea. I was excited to visit the States for five days, and many of my American friends wanted to know how I found the Land of the Rising Sun.  Read More 
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Friendship

“Without friendship, life is not worth living,” exclaimed the Roman Statesman Marcus Cicero.

How much different would our society be if we could “buy” our deceased friends back to Earth? Think about this for a minute. You have lost a very close friend, but God says to you: “You can have (insert name here) back on Earth for another 5 years, but you have to donate $50,000 to charity.” Would you do it? Read More 
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Make This Year Your Masterpiece

For this year to be your masterpiece, your focus should be on growth. But you cannot have growth without change, and the first step toward change is self-awareness. Know yourself. Read More 
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La Corrida de Toros

Landing in Madrid amidst an afternoon thunderstorm reminded me of the musical lyric, “The rain in Spain stays mainly on the plain.” This trip marked my fourth time returning to the Iberian Peninsula since I first stepped foot on it as a high school student in the summer of 1998.

It felt invigorating to once again be in the bustling metropolitan capital, with its ancient plazas, ornate fountains, and elaborate stone monuments at each intersection. Keeping in pace with an ever-advancing globalized world, Madrid boasted capitalist enterprises like Starbucks, McDonalds, Burger King, and TGI Fridays at every corner. Yet there was something starkly different about this culture from the rest of the civilized world. Read More 
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