Saturday, March 22, 2014

When Opportunity Knocks

I've been posting articles here every week for around five years, and last year I wrote 26 in April alone for the A-Z Challenge. Incidentally, I have signed up again for this year's challenge, and I will be posting articles related to my latest novel, Ashmore Grief.

I write to a very small audience whose thoughts are most often unknown to me, and although that is disappointing, I write mainly for myself. I'm not really a mainstream kind of man. I'm a Square Peg who most of the time feels exactly like my tag says, "like I don't really belong." I write because often it is the best way for me to express myself and to explore life as I see it and experience it.

Today, I just want to give some unasked for advice. To those of you who are being presented with an opportunity and you aren't sure if you should take it.

If it sounds good and you want to go for it, then go for it. Imagine how good it could be. Don't think the worst, dream the best. Don't be afraid. Don't confuse fear with prudence. Fear can be a thief.

Open your heart and take a chance because the only way to grow your heart is to share it with others. Grab the opportunity offered to you and watch your heart grow. The more you love, the more you will be able to love. Don't hold back. Don't hide from your feelings.

Happiness is hard to find. If you can find someway to be happy without hurting anybody, including yourself, then don't be a spectator, grab it with both hands and play the game of life. The greater the risk, the greater the reward.


  1. Hi. This is very thoughtful advice. Thanks! You seem comfortable with your blog and writing life and that's really what matters. I often think I write for myself. I like playing with words, always have, but I do need an audience of sorts, or a sense I have written something meaningful, helpful, wholesome, or at least enjoyable. It's that human touch---the sharing and connecting of hearts and like-mindedness that means so much to me, Good luck in the A-Z with your new book.

  2. I love the line "Open your heart and take a chance because the only way to grow your heart is to share it with others." It's perfect.