Lunchtime Meditation: Make the Most of Every Opportunity

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Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity.”Colossians 4:5


Have you ever made a bad first impression?

I have. And, I’m still too embarrassed to write what I did. One day I will, but not today.

When I worked in Corporate America, Franklin Covey time management products and seminars were all the rave. While in management, the companies I worked for purchased me one of the expensive planners each year. When I started consulting, I set money aside to buy the system on my own. I made such good use of the tool, on more than one occasion my planner was subpoenaed to court.

Back to first impressions and making the most of every opportunity

No matter how well I kept notes or “managed” my time, if I didn’t show up with the right attitude or didn’t do the necessary work, I couldn’t be successful. Because of this, many times I wasn’t successful.

People matter. How you act towards others matter. If you do great work but your team can’t stand you, how will you reach your deadlines? If you treat your spouse poorly, how will your marriage be blessed? If you are not kind to your children, how will they treat you when you are old?

We spend our days going through the motions and checking off the tasks on our “to do” lists but are we really making the most of every opportunity. Yes, you must grocery shop and go to work but are you being kind to  the people you meet? Are you placing yourself in the position to receive others well and the be received well by others?

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Makasha Dorsey is an award-winning author, motivational speaker and public relations professional. Her personal essay Diary of an Aspie Mom is included in The Motherhood Diaries (Strebor Books/Simon & Schuster). She blogs about being a writer, mother, wife, woman and Christian over at a wife in progress and has written for Absolute Write, The Midwest Book Review, Snaps1000Words, The Daily Times Leader, and ModVive Magazine. You can purchase a copy of her book First Family Secrets on

2 comments on “Lunchtime Meditation: Make the Most of Every Opportunity”

    • Makasha Dorsey Reply
      I understand that Sabrina. But, I had to learn that I can only be the best me I can be. This means that even in our [I am often told that I'm aloof] aloofness, we are still special. The people who should be in your life will appreciate it or help you to overcome your anxiousness. You made a great impression with me because our contact has been honest. Thanks for stopping by.

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