I can’t count how many times it has happened in my own life. A chance to buy the “perfect” house, a great deal on a car, the awesome vacation. I couldn’t do it. I wasn’t prepared. I didn’t have the money.
And those were just things. What about missed weddings, family reunions, job opportunities, and all the other things that came up and then got missed? The experiences that shouldn’t be missed but were missed, because I was not in a position to take advantage of the opportunities.
What was wrong with me? I didn’t have the secret of life. I wasn’t ready when the opportunity came. I didn’t do the things I was supposed to on a daily basis in preparation for those future opportunities.
I can’t go back in the past. I can’t change the past, but I can prevent the future from repeating the same mistakes. I can prepare now for what may come tomorrow. I don’t’ know what that may be, and it really doesn’t matter. All I can do is get ready for it.
What does this have to do with courage? It is hard to charge forward when you are not ready. A soldier that isn’t trained cannot win. We must train daily in order to win tomorrow.
The secret of life is for a man to be ready for his opportunity when it comes. -Benjamin Disraeli