WINDOWS OF OPPORTUNITY

Have you ever tried opening a window that would no budge no matter how hard you tried to open it. I did that this morning as I was trying to open my kitchen window. I tugged, I pulled, and it’s still not open. Not to mention that I had to climb up on the ledge behind my sink to do it. I was not so much afraid of falling into the sink as I was afraid of my robing opening up for the world to see. So I climbed down, got dressed and forgot about the window. I sat in the kitchen drinking my coffee and realizing that the window represented my life. I am always trying to open windows of opportunity that are not ready to be opened to me and that I’m not ready for them either.

Instead of getting dressed early this morning, I stayed in my robe. I wasn’t ready for the day, and from past experience I should know better than to attempt something when I wasn’t ready for it. Each time I try something that I’m not ready for, it turns out badly. My life is like that too. I’m always willing to jump into something new, always ready to take that new risk but never really ready for what might happen in the mean time. Not at all ready for the consequences that will prevail from my simple decisions.

Sometimes my windows of opportunity open easily, with the slightest movement they open wide and I get to experience what is waiting for me through the window. But why is it that I always want to open the windows that won’t budge? What makes me think that just by my strength alone I can make all the windows open? Besides I can only jump through one window at a time. I guess I need to pick and choose which window to open and when to open it.

Which window will open?

Which window will open?

I also need to be ready for the window to be open, not dressed in a robe, or not prepared mentally, spiritually, emotionally, financially, or physically. So how should I go about being in the state of preparedness all the time so I can open my windows of opportunity?

First, I pray about what windows God is going to help me unlock and open up so that I can have a breath of fresh air and so I can learn what I need to learn so I may help others and to get to the next level in my relationship with Him.

Second I keep a list of all my talents and skills and each day I glance through it remembering how I learned how to use them for good. Then I try to pinpoint one skill each day that I need to work on that will help me to help other people better.

Third I put myself out in the public. You can’t help people when you’re not around them. You can’t connect with people if you lead a secluded life. Most of the time opening windows of opportunity requires a group effort. You can’t do it on your own, no matter how you try. You need someone to lean on, who will help you see how and where you need to change in order to grow.

Be prepared because you never know when your window of opportunity will open and you’ll be given the chance to see your life differently. You’ll be able to grow beyond what you thought you ever could. Your talents and skills will be put to the test but the outcome is so well worth it.

Be ready for window opening opportunity that can change your life.

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ZOMBIE OR AUTOPILOT?

 You get up in the morning and turn into a zombie; going about your day without thinking about what you’re doing. You’re on autopilot when you snap on the coffee maker, step into the shower, get dressed, drive to work, check your messages, and even talk to your family. Your kids ask you about going to the movies, you say “NO.” Your spouse wants you to look at a new place to vacation, you say “NO.” Your friend is inviting you to a wellness seminar, you say “NO!” You have gone from autopilot to zombie just spouting off “NOs” to every question that comes to you.

A toddler hears the word “NO”400 times a day according to WebMD. Many professions hear the word “NO” on a daily basis. Many performers and champions of the world have had to deal with “NO” that were spouted off by people who were either headed to Zombieland or on autopilot. Do you think if Oprah Winfrey listened to all the “NOs” in her life she would be where she is today? When was the last time you listened to a phone message instead of saying “NO, I’m not interested?” How can you know if you’re not interested you haven’t given the person on the other end a chance to let you know why they were calling?

opportunityknocks

How many times during your day do you let your autopilot take over and run your day? Opportunity may be knocking at your door, do you answer it with a “NO” because you’re stuck in Zombieland? Or do you get over your skepticism and answer the door with a welcoming smile?

Opportunity knocks only so many times. Turn the autopilot off. Step out of Zombieland.

The world awaits!