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Jul 12 2017

Beyond the Open Door

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.

American comedian and actor, Milton Berle, was born on this day in 1908 (died 2002).

Chances are, if we sit around waiting for opportunities to come to us, we’ll just get calluses on our fannies.

And that’s not a pretty picture.

We can whine about opportunities that didn’t come our way. We can regret the opportunities that we didn’t take. But that’s not going to get us anywhere.

I spend a good amount of time every day looking for new opportunities. New writing opportunities. New acting opportunities. New become a bazillionaire overnight opportunities.

You get the idea.

If I just sat around waiting to be asked to write something, or to come audition for a show…well, it’s just not going to happen.

Of course your have to balance that with patience because, even when you look for them, opportunities don’t always pile up.

For me with both the writing and acting, it comes in seasons. And sometimes, sure, opportunities come when I’m distracted with something else and I’m not really looking for them.

The point is, don’t sit still.

If opportunities don’t come your way, then make some.

Just keep moving.

One day the right door will open.

You just may have to build it first.

FIVE THINGS FOR YOUR WEDNESDAY

Senate Delays August Recess as Health Bill’s Fate Hangs in Balance
The Wall Street Journal
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell announced Tuesday the Senate would begin its August break two weeks later than expected, as the chamber labors to pass a health-care bill.

This Changes Everything
Tom Vander Well at Wayfarer
One of the overarching themes in the Great Story is rebirth, regeneration, renewal, and resurrection. Old things pass away, new things come. Death leads to life. The old covenant has given way to a new covenant.

Virginia Tech legend Michael Vick to be inducted into school’s hall of fame
Richmond Times-Dispatch
Arguably the most celebrated player in Virginia Tech football history – and one of the more controversial – former Hokies quarterback Michael Vick is now going to be in the school’s athletic hall of fame.

A Serious Plan on Opioid Addition; Democrats Blow-Off the Suffering of Thousands
Bearing Drift
The DPVA chose to not offer anything substantive to what the Commonwealth can actually do on health care, but instead chose to focus on the ongoing policy debate in Washington and blanketly portray Republicans, specifically Gillespie, as “cruel.”

Meeting Russians for dirt on Clinton? It may be immoral but it’s not illegal
CNN
It might be morally and politically objectionable to gather dirt about your campaign opponent from an enemy of the United States, but the mere acceptance and use of the material would not be illegal.

And finally…

American singer and pianist, Sandi Patty, was born on this day in 1956.


Cover Photo by Chris Barbalis on Unsplash

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