You Have Been Given a Second Chance

Have you ever felt that way? Has something happened in your life or in the life of someone close that stops you short? You think; it could have been much worse. Or – this is a wake up call. Or – maybe I better look at my priorities and make some changes.

We have all had a moment like that – a moment we call a “second chance.” I wonder – what do you do with those second chances? Do you immediately look for ways to make changes in your life only to fall back to your old ways two weeks later? (Sound like a New Year’s resolution?) Or do you carefully take stock and ask yourself some hard questions?

Napoleon Hill said “Opportunity often comes disguised in the form of misfortune, or temporary defeat.”

Sometimes when we are faced with misfortune we cry “why me?” and perhaps we should be asking “why now?” What good can be found in this situation? Why did this happen now and what can I learn?

There is an old and tired quote that says “today is the first day of the rest of your life.” My 7th grade Spanish teacher wrote that on the blackboard and we tittered behind our hands.  But what if we look at our day today and really breathe in the fact that today IS the first day of the rest of our lives.  Would we do anything different? Would we still order pizza or would we have a salad and some fruit. Would we turn on the television tonight or pick up the phone and reconnect with an old friend or family member. Would we hold a grudge or put the past behind us? Would we Google a dream location and see just how much it would be to plan a vacation and start saving our allowance?

You have been given a second chance – a fresh start – a clean slate – what are you going to do with it?