“There is a tide in the affairs of men (and women). Which, taken at the flood, leads on to fortune; Omitted, all the voyage of their life Is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea are we now afloat, And we must take the current when it serves, Or lose our ventures.” (Shakespeare, Julius Caesar)
Well, tides come and tides go, and the course of few lives truly pivot around one thing alone. Still, there is truth in the quotation.
What are some times where you sensed the opportunity for change in the wind, or tide, and ventured forth? How did it turn out? What times stand out for you when you ignored, or didn’t recognize opportunity knocking? Do large, external events always make the difference, or do we recognize these things only after some change has taken place within us?
“The brave man carves out his fortune, and every man is the sum of his own works.” ― Miguel De Cervantes
“Fortune favours the brave, sir,” said Carrot cheerfully. “Good. Good. Pleased to hear it, captain. What is her position vis a vis heavily armed, well prepared and excessively manned armies?” “Oh, no–one’s ever heard of Fortune favouring them, sir.” T. Pratchett
“Misfortune is a stepping stone for genius, the baptismal font of Christians, treasure for the skillful, an abyss for the feeble.” Honore de Balzac
“What I’m saying is that the sun always rises. Fortune’s a mix of good and bad luck. Like they say/ good luck and bad luck are strands of the same rope.” ― Sakura Tsukuba
“The truly fortunate person has created his own good fortune through good habits of the soul, good intentions, and good actions.” ― Marcus Aurelius
“Some of the best things that have ever happened to us wouldn’t have happened to us, if it weren’t for some of the worst things that have ever happened to us.”
― Mokokoma Mokhonoana
See you all on Thursday!