Mae Jemison was the first African American to become an astronaut with NASA, taking part of the Shuttle Endeavour flight of September 1992. Her take on refusing to be molded by the limitations others attempt to place around you is grand:
"Never be limited by other people's limited imaginations...If you adopt their attitudes, then the possibility won't exist because you'll have already shut it out ... You can hear other people's wisdom, but you've got to re-evaluate the world for yourself." – At the Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, 2000
Over long years the men and women who achieve greatness in their field have fascinated me. The particular area doesn’t matter; I find inspiration whether the field is academic, athletic or ministerial, agriculture, or the art of being homeless!
It’s an observable fact that high achievers must overcome the powerful, often well-meaning limitations placed on them from family, friends and envious others who lack the drive to achieve the mountain tops of life.
A man in the political realm who inspired me, though I don’t care for some of his lesser-known policies, Abraham Lincoln said;
“I will prepare, and someday my chance will come.”
By failing to prepare to achieve or to recognize the opportunity to do so, many of us hear an echo of the famous line from scripture when Jesus warned the people of the coming destruction of Jerusalem;
“because you did not know the time of your visitation." Luke 19:44.
Most adults can and often do, look back on life and mourn of missed opportunities, and moan and groan, “If only!”
If we paid attention, we would know that almost every day fantastic opportunities come our way, but we are so enthralled by the mundane that we are blind to them via prejudices, or worry we fail to recognize our visitation, perhaps from God. Admittedly, it is sometimes hard to discern an opportunity from a mere distraction, but even a disturbance may be worth an intensive look and prayers.
When you do grasp an opportunity, go for it with all of you.
Larry Lilly Share with media for Twitter http://www.larrylilly.net/blog
NASA Level IT Work Oral Deckard