Phenomenal Friday-The Same Opportunity Never Presents Itself Twice


“A wise man will make more opportunities than he finds.”
~Francis Bacon

Most of you will be familiar with the proverb that “Opportunity Knocks Once.” This is just one of many paradigms we have been programmed into believing and it’s due to this belief that many people give up when they don’t succeed at something the first time. Throughout your life opportunity will present itself many times but the same opportunity will never present itself twice. Confusing? It’s not really that confusing if you look at it this way. You may have passed up an opportunity of working at a certain company. That single opportunity is gone, it won’t come again. But a similar opportunity could come later on, like the opportunity to start your own business or the opportunity to work for another company that feeds your desire for personal growth. Opportunities will continuously knock at your door, however, the same one never knocks twice.  Life is like a house, it has many doorways with each leading to another room.

If you are the person who is actively seeking your goals, you will recognise the opportunities as they come your way. In my previous employment back home there were many opportunities for me to take a post in America. Due to family commitments and my own lack of self-confidence I turned the opportunity down. Years later, opportunity knocked again. This time it was taking me further away from family and friends and my self-confidence would again be challenged. There was much apprehension, it took me weeks to make up my mind to take such a huge leap. But I did because this time despite the fears my priorities had changed. With this change came the support I needed to embrace this new opportunity and the self-forgiveness for letting so many opportunities pass me by. I learned a long time ago that there are three types of people in this world-The those who make things happen. Those who stand by and watch things happen. Then there are those who wonder what happened. It’s up to you to choose the person you want to be.

This was my contribution to Debbie’s Forgiving Friday series, where she writes about and invite others to share their thoughts on Forgiveness, Self-Love and Personal Growth. Debbie, thank you and I am so grateful for the opportunity to contribute to your blog.

~Happy Friday

©Etta D. Richards


6 thoughts on “Phenomenal Friday-The Same Opportunity Never Presents Itself Twice

  1. Oh Etta you are so courageous! I really acknowledge you for taking the leap. And for getting the support to do Self-forgiveness. My spiritual teacher J-R said that it takes great courage to see the face of God because you first have to look at your own. You did, and you are. Be good to yourself, Etta.

    I love you.


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      1. Perhaps. Years ago I thought that I was going to become a LAN Administrator. Despite all my plans and studies didn’t happen. Was not meant to be.
        In fact even though I spent years working in the IT Field and had minor success that was not the pathway for me.

        I remember when I used to work for a bank my then boss had a JD. He studied to be a lawyer but his love was finance. Same with a former coworker. Her parents spent thousands of dollars sending her to NYU to study business. She hated business. For the past 12years she has worked as a preschool teacher. She loves kids.

        Man proposes. God disposes.

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