Thursday, May 14, 2009

Thankful Thursday

I haven't done a thankful Thursday post in ages. I kind of ran out of things to be thankful for, without sounding trite and sappy. I want my posts to be thoughtful, not just something that's spewing out of my brain to put words on the screen. Of course, that does happen on occasion, but I try to keep it to a minimum when I can.

This week I'm thankful for the opportunities I've been given. The most recent example is my new job . . . . it's the kind of opportunity that doesn't come around every day. My new bosses took a chance on me, and I appreciate that. I know that I can do the job and do it well, but without fate and intervention from a few people, it never would have been available to me. But beyond the job, I have had so many other great opportunities . . . and they just seemed to come along at the right times in my life.

Just out of high school, I traveled to Denmark as an exchange student with Rotary International. It was a huge opportunity - I was so lucky to be able to live abroad and to gain the awesome life experiences. I saw a lot of Europe, I learned a new language and got to be immersed in a new culture. So many people never get the chance to do this, and I did. It changed my life forever, for the better.

Last fall, I was given the opportunity to teach some Rally Obedience classes. I have no official training as a dog teacher, but the training centre owner hired me. It has turned out to be a lot of fun, and I have some fabulous students. I am thankful all the time that I got this chance, because dog training is something I really love.

Life is a series of opportunities ~ whether or not a person grabs them is what guides the course of their life. What "carpe diem" moments have you seized?


DogBreedz - Pet Photography by Peggy Mundell said...

I seized the opportunity to pick up my camera after all these years and combine it with my love of the doggies! Thanks for helping us to remember to live in gratitude.

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Brenda said...

hmm, I had to think of this for a moment. The dog training classes and dog agility has given me a chance to meet all new people (and I found a love there, a way to connect with the dogs on a whole new level. I love how proud they prance when they have made a perfect run on the course).
Also the scarey time in my life when we had to pack up and move to a new state 8 years ago. It's been the best thing I could have done! I was invited to be on the advisory board at my sons childrens hospital after we moved as a parent advocate and it's one of the biggest doors to open for me yet.
I love your Thankful Thursday posts, Congrats on your new job!!!