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Opportunity

18 December 2012

Francesco_Salviati_KairosI was reminded today of a proverb that didn’t seem to make much sense:  “Seize hold of opportunity as it comes toward you because it is bald in back!”   The saying goes back to the Greek god Kairos.  For those Greek language scholars among you, you know that kairos means “time”.  Kairos was seen as the youngest son of Zeus.  He had an opportunity to overthrow his father, but he delayed and never again had that chance. He is depicted as a young man with a long lock of hair hanging down the front of his head.  But the back of his head is bald.  Thus the proverb: “Seize hold of opportunity as it comes toward you because it is bald in back!”

That (in part) illustrates the verse in Ecclesiastes 9:10: “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.”

What opportunity is coming your way today?  Seize hold of it today because once it is past, the opportunity may not be attainable again. 

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