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From: MaryW
Date: 04-16-2004, 11:18 AM (1 of 6)
Everyone has a responsibility to take advantage of the chances they have been afforded and the strengths you have.

Do you recognize when a chance comes your way, and do you jump in and take advantage when it does?
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From: Chrysantha
Date: 04-16-2004, 11:34 AM (2 of 6)
I always leap before I look...thats how I've gotten all my jobs....I didn't actually apply for jobs most of my life. I just went into places talked to people and usually got hired, or I talked to people and got offered jobs, whether I needed them or not.
I try to take advantage of what others offer to me, because I know I can do whatever it takes to succeed/excell at whatever I do.
User: Chrysantha
Member since: 09-06-2002
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From: DorothyL
Date: 04-17-2004, 08:49 AM (3 of 6)
Sometimes I jump in and take advantage of an opportunity and find out it wasn't all it was cracked up to be.
Sometimes I let something slide by because it looked a little iffy and it turns out I missed out on something great!
And sometimes my judgement is good from the beginning, but not as often as I wish it would be. But I seem to have pretty good judgement in people with my wonderful husband and good friends. That is what is important.
I also choose to be happy and dwell on the good, not what coulda, shoulda been.
I think that is the important thing.
But I have done some dumb things in my life too.
User: DorothyL
Member since: 12-09-2002
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From: MariLynnTX
Date: 06-06-2004, 01:57 PM (4 of 6)
I'm an old lady of 77 and I hate those words: "It's your responsibility..." When I was young I had the opportunity to do the thing I love most of all, but I had to turn it down because I had children to take care of. I love all the children and I am glad I took care of them, and I have been repaid with love from them, but I will always regret losing that wonderful never happened again and I knew at the time that it wouldn't and I never mentioned it to anyone at the time because I was so unhappy, too unhappy to talk about it even to my best friend. My DH knew nothing of it---he didn't want me to do anything except take care of him, the house and the children. But the regret was always there, under the feeling that I had met my responsibilities and done my duty with love. I thank God for the love...duty is a cold word! MariLynntx
Life is a song...we give it harmony or dissonance.
User: MariLynnTX
Member since: 08-13-2001
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From: Mother in Law
Date: 06-06-2004, 11:42 PM (5 of 6)
I too can't see where it's my responsiblity to take the opportunities that come my way. I think everyone has to take into consideration the choice they make before the opportunity comes their way, as not to abandon a responsiblity they've choosen over a new one. I chose to get married at 17, have children at a young age of (18), raise my children and stay home. I wanted to get a job and work in the outside world but I knew for me, and don't get me wrong I think other people may be able to juggle both a career and family, I don't think I could do both and give both my full attention. I choose a family first so I stuck to it, gave it my all and never looked back to say "what if". I know a lot of people don't have the benefit of staying home with their family but I did and don't regret it.
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From: MariLynnTX
Date: 06-07-2004, 02:49 PM (6 of 6)
I too married young (18) and had children and mostly stayed at home with them...I had seven. I also worked at home, I taught piano to young children for years, did calligraphy and graphics for businesses (I had had art training along with my voice lessons) at home, and later did custom sewing (a lot of bridal and costumes), taught freemotion sewing machine embroidery classes, was a professional singer (started that before I was married). I am basically a jack-of-all-trades! Now I just play around with sewing and embroidry for fun and still make my clothes, and play with my computer. I have published a book on freemotion sewing machine embroidery which I still sell on the internet, and a book of poetry which I still sell in a couple of local shops and on the net, and I am supposed to be revising the cookbook I did for my children because a number of people have asked to buy it, but I have been very slow with it. I have also written a novel which was with an agent who promptly died...I haven't done anything with it since, but now am re-reading and making a few cuts and small changes. I am pretty lazy. MariLynn
Life is a song...we give it harmony or dissonance.
User: MariLynnTX
Member since: 08-13-2001
Total posts: 256
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