How many slams in an old screen door? Depends how loud you shut it. How many slices in a bread? Depends how thin you cut it. How much good inside a day? Depends how good you live ’em. How much love inside a friend? Depends how much you give ’em. ~ Shel Silverstein
What is opportunity? Does it sit behind every corner or does it come knocking on the door? Both. Opportunity comes to those who see it. There’s opportunity in every job, in every relationship, in every problem. Sure, there are dead-end jobs and dead-end relationships and never-ending problems. But that doesn’t mean we have to be dead-end people. We can make the best of every situation. We can give our best to every situation. And in those situations, we improve, we grow and we thrive. When we see opportunity in the dead-end situation, we do not see a dead-end at all.
Meet each day with energy. It’s easy to slip into carrying the baggage of the past, but all it really does is weigh us down – and that slows us down. Hold onto the essentials and store the rest away. Meet each day a little lighter. Waking up with positivity, determination and enthusiasm pulsing through your veins will let possibilities and opportunities course through your life. And ultimately, leave you satisfied when you later come to rest your head.
Every day is full of possibilities. Possibilities to push boundaries, to unleash potential, to go harder than ever before. Possibilities can turn into realities. Every day has ‘watch this space’ written all over it. Every day can be better than the next. Today is the only way we’ll change the game. Today is all we have. Start writing, painting, singing, building, doing, being. Make today a space to watch.
Nothing’s too crazy. Nothing’s too unrealistic. Nothing’s too absurd. Not if you don’t think so. Those limits, those boundaries, those obstacles, those fears, those excuses, those expectations. They’re all in your head. If we never try the impossible, we never have a chance to show it’s possibility. We are all human. We are all dreamers. And we are all creators. Believe in your own ideas and your own imagination. Reality will always be created by those who seize the opportunity to build and add to it. Create your own world. You can do it as good as the next person.
Sometimes, we have to be honest, direct and disciplined, to kick ourselves into gear. Sometimes, we have to hustle. Because no one can hand us our dreams, our time, or our successes. Because no one can tell us who we are, how to think or what to do. Because no one can feed us passion, persistence or positivity. That all brews within. It’s up to us. We’re all beautiful and capable, and very much so. And it’s up to us to unleash that. Don’t let yourself fall behind. Don’t let yourself miss a window of opportunity. Don’t leave yourself with second best. Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.
Take one day at a time. It might be easy to let days blur into weeks, whether we’re busy or bored, up or down. But so much can happen in a day; we shouldn’t let them slip away. We can try something for the first time. We can make someone’s day brighter. We can decide not to give a damn about what people think. We can catch our breath. We can take a spontaneous opportunity. We can spend time on a project we really care about. Life will become so much clearer. And even if it’s just for one day, that day gives hope for every other day afterwards. We must lay one brick at a time, take one step at a time.