Opportunity Knocks

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By J.R. Dalton
Did you know that Thomas Edison still holds the world record for “most inventions” with 1,093 patents? Or that a man by the name of Philip Parker has written and published over 200,000 books. There are many remarkable people in the world that have done amazing things but what connects those people and their successes has been their ability to take the opportunities that others missed and make something happen. "So then let us not sleep, as others do, but let us keep awake and be sober. 7For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, are drunk at night. 8But since we belong to the day, let us be sober." (1Thess. 5:6-8) This is not aimed toward a decision to drink or not drink but instead to arouse you from the naptime your goals and ambitions have been taking. 
One big reason why those famed names have grabbed hold of opportunities is because they were looking for them. Simple enough, right? How can you see when the light turns green if your eyes are closed? Even more so for those who live here in Central, can you see when the light turns green if you are staring at a text or the Facebook app on your cell? So often we drift through our day unaware and in a daze, almost drunk, that the chances to do something of worth slip right through our fingers. Instead, we have to carry an intellectual sobriety and be ready for what comes our way. 
Yes, success comes after many failures but if you are alert and eager for the next possibility you may not have to suffer as many losses; thus, we have made the first progressive step towards success. The holidays are here and with the Daylight Savings switch we are all ready for sitting at home relaxing with family. Maybe your opportunity is in growing closer to loved ones, finally having that garage sale you’ve been telling yourself you’d one day get to, or maybe just being ready for what next year is going to bring. Start thinking about what you want in your life, relationships, and job and be ready and awake when the time comes and opportunity knocks.

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