Lost Opportunity

“We never lose our gifts, only the opportunity to open them.”

That quote from the movie, Man in the Chair, in which Christopher Plummer plays Flash, stirred something in me for I took the time to jot it down. But, do we?


No, I don’t agree we do for our abilities, whether natural or acquired, are how we live our soul’s calling. Our gifts are meant to be shared and used to empower and enlighten others to live their purpose. It is how we achieve and manifest our highest goals and aspirations to live a joyfully abundant life. We find happiness and align with our soul’s desire by being of service to others. Whether we do so later or earlier in our lifetime, the opportunity always presents itself for it is our soul’s way of reminding us to live our higher purpose, which is returning to love, unconditional love.

When we do not choose to use our gifts to serve humanity and decide upon taking another of the myriad possibilities available to us, we consciously elect to use our free will. But, what if we do so unknowingly? Have we then lost the opportunity?

I still do not believe we have for the Universe always provides circumstances, each time greater in intensity, when we do not learn a lesson crucial to our spiritual development. For the moment, there are other teachings, which need to be assimilated before we can move forward.

It is worth remembering that inspiration comes to many when the time is right. If we vacillate, letting our doubts, fears, or lack of self-worth gain a stronghold, someone else will seize the opportunity for which we were not ready.

Am I splitting hairs? Perhaps. But, it is electing one opportunity—one possibility—over another for by not choosing the first, we recognize we need to evolve or feel unready.

And yet there is the innate desire to make a difference in the world that each one of us possesses. Dr. Wayne Dyer, in his movie, The Shift, summarizes that concept beautifully:

“There is a place deep within us that wants to feel fulfilled; that wants to know that my life has made a difference; that I left this place, this planet that I lived on, better than when I arrived; that someone’s life has been profoundly touched because of my existence. We all want that. It is not about age or about finding yourself. Wherever you are, at whatever age, you’re only a thought away from changing your life.”

Do we lose the opportunity to use our gifts? It is up to you to decide.

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