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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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REGILIEH 5/15/2012 8:08AM

    AMEN!!!!!

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SUSANK16 5/15/2012 5:38AM

  Love the idea of opportunities one can take today

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NCSUE0514 5/15/2012 5:15AM

    Blessings abound!

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NASFKAB 5/15/2012 12:05AM

  thanks for everything

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MARITIMER3 5/14/2012 7:58PM

    Here's to opportunity - thanks for the reminder.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/14/2012 6:47PM

    As usual, there you are, rattling around like an echo in my brain! To opportunity! emoticon emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 5/14/2012 4:32PM

    Love your insights, as always.

BTW, in my mind it's Neener, Neener, Neener! Just sayin'.
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MAUITN 5/14/2012 2:45PM

    Thanks for reminding to make the most of today!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 5/14/2012 1:26PM

    Today, I too choose to Be emoticon !
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MSHUFFNPUFFN 5/14/2012 12:47PM

    Awesome...thank you! emoticon emoticon

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BAMAJAM 5/14/2012 11:51AM

  Hey, John... This blog makes me think of a song I heard on the radio while driving to work this morning. Not sure of the exact title, but the song is about, --
Live like you're dying.... and it tells the same message: live life fully and smell the roses.
Too, I have heard the saying--- Life is our gift from God, and HOW we live it is our gift back to HIM. God, help me to live a life pleasing to You.
Thanks, John, for your timely blog; always thought provolking.

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GINA180847 5/14/2012 11:34AM

    What you are addressing is ATTITUDE. My dog shows me the attitude to have, to him everything is wonderful even if just a minute ago it was the pits. Definitely a glass half full mutt! Wonderful tribute to your wife yesterday, wish I could know her.

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DEARTOMYHEART 5/14/2012 11:15AM

  John--
You are such an inspirational writer. I hear you every day you post. I get so much wisdom from you. Every day is a gift from God, how we use this gift is up to us. We do take life in general, for granted. Family as well. Look around us and we can see God is present in all things. I now some days are hard to find blessings when you feel like you are a failure or just don't feel like it. You know with prayer, we will get that inspiration we need. God has a way to get us going. Some days my going is later in the day, but some how I just do it. John, I love reading your blogs and hope to be a friend. Chin up and lets just do it.. Enjoy today for God gives us one day at a time. Thanks John for sharing. emoticon emoticon

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THINKPINK06 5/14/2012 10:53AM

    Such a great reminder!

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SPARKENISTA 5/14/2012 10:40AM

    John--

You have a gift for illuminating processes that are so inborn that we take them for granted. What you have described today is universal.
Like everyone, I have always struggled with "I don't feel like it..." My coach said it's my inner four-year-old.
What I have discovered is that if I fight that feeling and do "it" anyway "it" usually pays off big time.

Thanks for this!

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ELLIE381 5/14/2012 9:47AM

    emoticon blog. So true. emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 5/14/2012 9:41AM

    So true ... Thanks for the reminder!

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HDHAWK 5/14/2012 9:04AM

    Thanks for the reminder John!

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DEBRINCONCITA 5/14/2012 9:00AM

    emoticon emoticon YOUR SO RIGHT, sometimes we take so much for granted, we let so many oppurtunities pass us by, I am like you. I can't afford to let anymore pass me by either. I need all the happiness that life has to offer. GOD has blessed me so much, I need to start blessing others as well. I try to do what I can to make other's feel good especially if they don't see it right in front of them. I LOVED this Posting, Your such an INSPIRATIONAL WRITER. thsnks I hope we can be friends. I LOVE YOUR OUTLOOK ON LIFE. A new friend from Portland Oregon. DEBRA RINCON LOPEZ (Debrinconcita) is my SPARKSPEOPLE NAME. How blessed I hope you will continue to be forever more.... emoticon emoticon

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SANDRALEET 5/14/2012 8:48AM

    We can be so much more then we are.

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VICKI-B--56 5/14/2012 8:36AM

  Sometimes we simply don't see what's right under our noses. :) emoticon

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VONBLACKBIRD 5/14/2012 8:33AM

    Opportunities do smell amzing!!!

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