Day 906: Everything is an opportunity 

Everything is an opportunity

is one of my beliefs about life.

I don’t always feel that way, especially when

everything is an excruciating pain

but, even then, I’ll come around to the belief that

everything is an opportunity

sooner than later.

Allow me to take this opportunity to explain why

Everything is an opportunity

is the post topic for today.

  1. I had EMDR (Eye Movement Desensitization and Reprocessing) therapy yesterday, which is giving me the opportunity to let go of some old, painful memories.
  2. Yesterday, after a therapy group I facilitated, one of the group members  and I discussed the unique structure of my groups, including the resulting challenges AND opportunities.
  3. Yesterday, my iPhone became mute, inexplicably taking the opportunity to stop all sounds,  including music.

After I took the opportunity to search the web for quick and dirty fixes for my phone, my phone’s continuing silence gave me opportunities to:

  • pay more attention, visually, during my walks to and from work and
  • go to the Burlington Mall yesterday evening, with my boyfriend Michael, to get my phone fixed.

As usual, I took the opportunity to document these opportunities, through the still-working eye of my iPhone:

                                                                                  
Allow me to take this opportunity to tell you that my iPhone is now fixed. The nice Verizon rep (whom I did not take the opportunity to photograph) did a “soft reset” on my phone, and now I can listen to music again.

Speaking of music, I shall now take this opportunity to include some music here. But what elite ideas do I have about that? Will my choice — or the song — be quick and easy? Will I leave dirt at the door? Should I choose a song about numbers? Is there a tune called “Splat Ball”? Or “Soft Reset”?

What I usually do — when I choose music for a post — is take the opportunity to share something that came up on my iPhone the day before. However, since you’ve taken the opportunity to read this post, you know there was no such music yesterday.

However, because I had no music on my iPhone, I took the opportunity to listen to some music on my car radio. And I heard the ending of a song with these lyrics:

Your heart never stops beating
I love you long after you’re gone

I took the opportunity to write those lyrics down, but I didn’t get the opportunity to find out the name of the song or the performer(s):

When taking the opportunity to search the opportunistic web for the first line of those lyrics, I found this:

Let me take the opportunity to say that was not what I heard on the radio yesterday, but I appreciate the opportunity to hear and share “Shellshock” by New Order.

When I took the opportunity to Google both lines of the lyrics I heard yesterday, I found this:

I’m glad I had the opportunity to share “Gone Gone Gone” by Phillip Phillips today, along with everything else in this post.

If you take the oppprtunity to share your thoughts and feelings here, I’ll write an answer, as soon as I have the opportunity.

I love the opportunity to thank everybody and everything that gave me the opportunity to write today’s post. And — of course! — thank you, for taking the opportunity to read it.

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28 thoughts on “Day 906: Everything is an opportunity 

  1. A great way of looking at life. Mine is “Make things happen”.

  2. You totally rock!

  3. The first few pictures, I think, emphasize shadows. Then in the pictures that followed it became kind a of a treasure hunt: find the shadows. This gave me time to think how light must also have shadows, how music and sound must also have silence. These things aren’t opposites but part of each other, contrasts creating opportunities.

    It’s always a delight to work out these things because even though it seems entirely random I’m convinced you created it all intentionally.

    • Allow me to take this opportunity to enthusiastically thank you for the way you think, Christopher, and for sharing that with us all, here on WordPress.

  4. I am taking this opportunity, as I do most mornings, to indulge in a tour of your blog, and thus, your creatively, positive and exciting mind-space!

    Thanks for the words, inspiration, photos and music. The opportunity to see and hear give me the opportunity to feel optimistic, positive and light about my day!

  5. What a coincidence, as my post today rides the periphery of opportunity! Or so I’m choosing to view it. Also, today’s pop culture seeps into my brain no matter how hard I try to avoid it. I saw the sign Do Not Enter and my brain read it as Do Not Even! Sigh.

  6. Rob

    Lobster crackers sounded interesting. Then I realized they weren’t food.

  7. “To love, to love, to love, to love
    All you need’s the opportunity”-Carole King

    This song is from ‘Writer’, her debut album which was released in 1970.

  8. I know my answer won’t be popular — but getting older does that to me. I wish we could find the people who messed up our lives and beat the shit out of them and be done with it. No “understanding” why they did this or that; no “understanding” why you/me/the world was in such a place to let terrible things happen. Just beating the shit out of the bad guy seems a good way to live. Sorry for the rant. Love the pics. Heh.

    • Claudia, if you’re going to to do that, could you also take the opportunity to beat the shit out of some people for me, too? Love your comments.

  9. No matter what, you take the opportunity to share your photos with us Ann. That is special. ❤️
    And…do escargot really need their own tongs ??? Curious. ☺

    • Thank you for taking the opportunity to appreciate how I take opportunities here, Van. And I don’t know if escargot really need their own tongs. Given the opportunity, they’d probably pass.

  10. yeoldefoole

    I’m going to completely waste this opportunity to be witty because I’m completely empty. Better luck tomorrow!

  11. I, like Rob, thought at first that lobster crackers were something I might like to eat with cheddar cheese, Ann.

    Did you get your muted phone to again make noise?

    • Allow me to take this opportunity to quote my own post:

      “Allow me to take this opportunity to tell you that my iPhone is now fixed. The nice Verizon rep (whom I did not take the opportunity to photograph) did a “soft reset” on my phone, and now I can listen to music again.”

      I shall also take this opportunity to say this: I don’t think you’ve ever missed anything like that in my posts before. Which is pretty impressive, considering how I take every opportunity to pack a LOT in.

      And the Lobster Cracker photo was for you, Mark.

      • I don’t know how I missed that, Ann. Late night eyes were muted, I guess. 😦

        Thank you for the marvelous crackers, Ann. 🙂

  12. I am pleased you are letting go of some painful memories. I prefer the second song.

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