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Turning Opportunity Into Blessings


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Monday, May 14, 2012

We are told to count our blessings. I dont know about you but some mornings I just cant see them. Oh, I know they are there, dancing around me going Needer, needer, needer, you cant see us. I have been blessed with so much. I am fortunate to have the amazing family I have. I wont ever take them for granted, but I am so used to their amazing inspiration and love that its not a blessing that leaps right out at me. (Be patient, Im going somewhere with all of this!!!) So I sat in the kitchen looking out the window and after a bit it dawned on me that the many blessings I have in my life came from the opportunities presented to me on a daily basis. It was up to ME whether I took advantage of them or let them pass by.

How often had I passed up a chance to learn, to grow, to see or do something new and took a pass because I just didnt feel like it? Im not talking about conflicts with work and such. Im talking about a real opportunity that might create a bounty of blessings in my life? How many times do I weasel my way out of things because that opportunity might produce some discomfort for me to cause me to look at a behavior that isnt very healthy? How often do I rationalize my way into making poor food choices when a little extra effort might be the start of an abundance of success? Instead I mope around and become envious or jealous of the other guy. I rationalize that they dont have my issues, and oh, BTW, if God wanted me skinny hed a made me that way. Just sayin

I pulled out a legal pad and began to jot down the opportunities Id have just for today. I filled half a page. There were thirteen things I could take advantage of between now and the time my head hits the pillow tonight that most definitely would lead to blessings in my life. The opportunities are there as well as the blessings. I get to make many choices throughout my day. If I take advantage of the ones that create health and balance in my life I am increasing my blessings tenfold. I can choose to eat healthy, to exercise, and to take advantage of learning something new.. The list goes on. If I dont.. well I know, Im loved and all that and I am a good person who make mistakes but, uhm, maybe it only happens to me, but I dont feel really happy when I miss an opportunity for no good reason other than my own stubbornness or pride. I feel sorta off.

So heres to opportunity. Its right in front of my nose and oh gosh it smells amazing.
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JOANNHUNT 2/10/2013 10:13PM

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KARENA-G 7/19/2012 4:45PM

    You've given me something to ponder right now! Hmmm.... what opportunity presents itself right now?

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CATHYGETSFIT 7/19/2012 4:00PM

    I realized this after I nearly died in the hospital several years ago. Good for you for realizing this because most people will go their whole lives without realizing this.

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TINY67 7/19/2012 8:18AM

    I like your thinking.

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SILLYHP1953 6/28/2012 1:57PM

    I was in my 30's before I realized I really do have choices...and sometimes still forget it.

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JEANNINEMM68 5/26/2012 11:21AM

    Nice way to think about things.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 5/19/2012 1:39PM

    I needed to hear that from someone else! Thanx!

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PENOWOK 5/18/2012 6:29PM

    Make this day and day that gives glory to our Maker!! That's a huge blessing!!

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VOLLEYGIRL77 5/18/2012 10:39AM

    Great blog!! Always inspiring!

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LUVTOBOWL 5/18/2012 10:04AM

    Thanks for the inspiration! I needed it.

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ROX525 5/18/2012 6:35AM

    Great blog. Thank you for giving me inspiration today!

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LYNMEINDERS 5/18/2012 5:57AM

    John you are incredible.....you challenge me with your everyday things tat pass in front of you....
I need to start putting things into action.....

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TYLYNN61 5/17/2012 3:33PM

    You are so AMAZING !!!!!!!!!!!!! I needed to hear this today. I am printing it out so I can read it daily. Thank You

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JELLYBELLY221 5/17/2012 1:15PM

    You're right! It is up to each of us to take advantage of the opportunities offered. emoticon

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JUDYAASH 5/17/2012 11:39AM

    I love your blogs.. They always hit home!!

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CURLSUSIEQ 5/17/2012 11:39AM

    emoticon Trust in the Lord with all thine heart, and lean not to thine own understanding.

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PAC1952 5/17/2012 11:24AM

  We all need to read these words often, and follow them daily! Thanks for the info

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CICELY360 5/17/2012 11:15AM

  Good blog.

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ANNE007 5/17/2012 9:45AM

    So true. I need to get out a pen and paper and do the same!

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WALKNLOVE 5/17/2012 6:59AM

    Thanks for the reminder. My normally positive self, has had a bad week....stressful, negative, and truthfully, I wasn't liking what I saw. BUT, I kept saying to myself, that:
1)This too shall pass.
2)I'm not going to stay in this mood!
3)Satan is NOT going to win!
....and so I am happyyyyyy to say....today is a new day, and I woke up with a new attitude and joy in my heart! I am counting my blessings:
1)A wonderfully supportive husband!
2)A family who loves me!
3)This too shall pass! ;)
4)GOD is on my side!
5)Friends like you!
6)That joy comes in the morning!
7)....and the list goes on and on! Have a great day John & May God's blessings chase you down & overtake you!

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JACEBEL 5/16/2012 9:06PM

    Only when we loose it then we value what we once had.

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NOLAZYBUTT110 5/16/2012 7:45PM

    One more
blessing....... friends on Sparkpeople like you, thanks for the good write! Its alway good to be reminded! susana

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LINDAMARIEZ1 5/16/2012 6:30PM

    You are an amazing person! emoticon

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PJBONARRIGO 5/16/2012 12:26PM

    As usual, thanks for the food for thought and the shove in the right direction :-)

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MARCYNA 5/16/2012 11:18AM

    Wow!!!!!thanks!!!!

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SUNSHINEGB 5/16/2012 9:10AM

    Thank you for sharing John!
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NEWTINK 5/16/2012 7:15AM

    Awesome blog ..thanks for sharing

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NASFKAB 5/16/2012 12:21AM

  thanks

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REENIE131 5/15/2012 11:03PM

    Great blog...thank you!


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MORTICIAADDAMS 5/15/2012 4:21PM

    I think most of us pass up too many good opportunities for growth. Fear is what tends to keep me from venturing beyond my comfort zone sometimes. My hubby as well.

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DEBK0923 5/15/2012 2:57PM

    ANOTHER GREAT BLOG

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CPATRICK9 5/15/2012 2:53PM

    Thanks for the great blog. We all need to remember to be accountable.

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SMILEY3826 5/15/2012 2:26PM

    what a wonderful blog,John! thanks for sharing!

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MOMMY445 5/15/2012 12:43PM

    what a great blog,John! have a fabulous day!

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TERRIJ7 5/15/2012 11:40AM

    Great blog, John--love the perspective you offer :)

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DOLLY1259 5/15/2012 10:21AM

    Just joined today and I'm looking at loosing 80 pounds. This is the first blog I read and I am thankful for the blessing I received in your words. Accountability is not a popular subject but I needed to be reminded, thanks.

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BIRDLSLAURIE 5/15/2012 10:15AM

    I am going to make my own list. Thanks for the perspective.

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DJSHIP46 5/15/2012 9:26AM

    Great reminder... keep makin' lemonaide :)

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MIMIDOT 5/15/2012 9:01AM

    Thanks for sharing. You hit the mark!

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FARIS71 5/15/2012 8:48AM

    Wow, I'm totally going to do that. Write down the opportunities for blessings that I will have today. Discomfort be darned!

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DAYSPRING-STAR 5/15/2012 8:39AM

    Believe
Live
Experience
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Thank you!


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DIANNEMT 5/15/2012 8:38AM

    Good for you--reminding all of us to "take a chance" and find those blessings!!

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SANDRALEET 5/15/2012 8:18AM

    We work together with God but the things we do is our choices.We have a free will .May we make the wright choices.

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