Soul Food for Friday: Quotes to See Opportunities instead of Obstacles

One man’s junk is another man’s treasure — isn’t that what keeps garage sales so popular on a Saturday morning? Seeing life’s obstacles or opportunities at times is simply a  point of view. May this week’s Soul Food for Friday direct our eyes to see the opportunities God places before us to seize the day.

“If your ship doesn’t come in, swim out to it!” — Jonathan Winters

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.” — Milton Berle

“When it rains manna from heaven, some people put up an umbrella. Others reach for a big spoon.” — Peter Drucker

“Your life is defined by its opportunities — even the ones you miss.” — Benjamin Buttons in the movie, “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”

“Pessimists see a problem behind every opportunity. Optimists see an opportunity behind every problem.” — Denis Waitley

“I make the most of all that comes, and the least of all that goes.” — Sara Teasdale

“Gentlemen, we’re surrounded by insurmountable opportunities.” — Pogo

“Every time the light turns green, stay in the thick of competition.” — Don Garlits


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“In playing ball, or in life, a person occasionally gets the opportunity to do something great. When the time comes, only two things matter: being prepared to seize the moment and having the courage to take your best swing.” — Hank Aaron

“A window of opportunity won’t open itself.” — Dave Weinabum

“One of the secrets of life is to make stepping stones out of stumbling blocks.” — Jack Penn

“When you are the anvil, be patient; when a hammer strike.” — Arabian Proverb

“When need is greatest, God is nearest.” — German Proverb

“The same water that softens the potato hardens the egg.” — German Proverb

“If you look up, there are no limits.” — Japanese Proverb

“Crisis creates opportunity.” — Chinese Proverb

“Opportunity is sometimes hard to recognize if you’re only looking for a lucky break.” — Oliver Cromwell

“The future belongs to those who see possibilities before they become obvious.” — The Marketing Imagination

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

“The reason so many people never get anywhere in life is because, when opportunity knocks, they are out in the backyard looking for four-leaf clovers.” — Walter P. Chrysler

“Ability is nothing without opportunity.” — Napoleon Bonaparte

“Small opportunities are often the beginning of great enterprise.” — Demosthenes

“Know your opportunity.” — Pittacus

“Not only strike when the iron is hot, but make it hot by striking.” — Oliver Cromwell

“When one door closes, another opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door that we do not see the one which has opened for us.” — Alexander Graham Bell

“Opportunity is missed by most people because it is dressed in overalls and looks like work.” — Thomas Edison

“You can’t build a reputation on what you’re going to do.” — Henry Ford

“There is no security in this life. There is only opportunity.” — Douglas MacArthur

“Many do with opportunities as children do at the seashore, they fill their little hands with sand, and then let the grains fall through, one by one, till all are gone.” — Thomas Jones

“Opportunity is often difficult to recognize; we usually expect it to beckon us with beepers and billboards.” — William Arthur Ward

“It is often hard to distinguish between the hard knocks in life and those of opportunity.” — Frederick Phillips

“Opportunities are often things you haven’t noticed the first time around.” — Catherine Deneuve

“Opportunities are seldom labeled.” — Claude McDonald

So what words are inspiring you to seize your God-given opportunity today?


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