Nobody ever has invited me to ride a space
shuttle. I've never been offered the opportunity to
lead a country or a huge business. Heck, I've never
even been out to sea on a nice yacht, and I haven't even
traveled around the world in six months yet. The
opportunities for such things simply aren't there.
On the other hand, I have encouraged lots and lots of
young people, and I've been blessed enough to watch much
of that encouragement have a strong effect. I've had
the opportunities to spend time writing books and plan
classes and teach people how to write more
effectively. I've been able to go for long drives on
amazingly colorful autumn days, and I've had the chance to
sit down and have meals and long conversations with an
incredibly diverse group of human beings, learning from
them more than I ever can express.
I love common occasions. They give me the chance to
do something unexpected, to add something positive to the
situation, be it encouragement, advice, or just a nice
little unexpected gift. Going to work can be
mundane, or it can present us with a chance to do
something special for others, or to do our jobs as well as
we possibly can. That new task may seem urbane, but
what if you were to attempt to do it better than anyone
else ever has done such a task?
Waiting doesn't do a whole lot for us, except to make us
miss other opportunities because we're waiting for a
certain one or two. Waiting is tedious, action is
invigorating. Perhaps the time isn't right to act in
the areas in which we want to act, but there's always
something going on that we can make very special simply by
making the effort to make it so.