“Some say opportunity knocks only once, that is not true. Opportunity knocks all the time, but you have to be ready for it. If the chance comes, you must have the equipment to take advantage of it.” Louis L’Amour
As I think back on my life, I can recall with great clarity each time that opportunity came knocking.
The first time was way back, when I was just a young child. We were home watching bugs bunny when the knock came. Being this was my first opportunity, it knocked several times, but nothing would pull me away from that television until bugs bunny, that wascally wabbit, had gotten the best of Elmer J Fudd. My brother answered the knock and was rewarded with a trip to the amusement park.
The next time opportunity knocked was in high school.
I was the wrestling champion for my entire grade, easily beating everyone else. Opportunity knocked again, loud enough for me to hear, but I couldn’t be bothered. I was having too much fun. The school wrestling team made it to the state finals. They lost in the final round, a very tough match that was lost by one point. If they had won, the wrestling team would have gone to the national championships. The wrestler who lost was the one I had easily beaten many times. The coach had asked me to join the team, but I thought it was a waste of time.
Opportunity came knocking many more times through the years. It was always at the wrong time. I was either sleeping, napping, eating, watching a good show or movie or simply not in the mood. When I was bored I’d go outside to look for opportunity, but it never came around when I wanted it to. You know, that’s just like opportunity, to leave you high and dry when you’re ready for it.
There was one time that opportunity showed up when I was sitting there waiting for it.
By then it was too late though, as I had been waiting for half the day and was ready for a nap. My best friend John caught it. Our neighbor bought a new car and wanted to get rid of his old one. John ended up with a free car, which ran perfectly for five years before he sold it.
Opportunity came knocking many times at work, but it required coming in early or staying at work beyond quitting time and that wasn’t for me. Lunch is another time when opportunity tried to sneak in, but I just wouldn’t have it. I chased that one away with a slice of pizza.
So here I sit on my front steps, with nothing to do, waiting for opportunity to show up. I’ve been waiting for several months now and it still hasn’t shown up. It’ll come. When it does, my wife will wish she never left me!
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