Good Things Come...

... to those who wait. A classic proverb that is usually used to say, 'patience is a virtue.' Actually, it's most often used with children to mean, 'sit down and shut up and maybe I'll give you what you're asking for later.' I've always been a little suspicious of that bit of wisdom. Is it really a good lesson to teach, that just waiting around is the best way to get what you want? Is that really what it means? I doubt it. I suspect there is a missing subtext there, a subtext provided in the 1800's by Louis Pasteur: "fortune favors the prepared mind." Aha! Now we're saying that waiting around isn't good enough. You have to know what you want and what to do with it when you see it. Opportunity is useless unless you're prepared to seize it. It wasn't until Arnold Palmer came along that someone finally put all the pieces together. "It's a funny thing, the more I practice the luckier I get." Now that's a quote to live by.

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Good article!

Posted by image 2 ascii on July 07, 2007 at 06:27 AM PDT #

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