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Have you ever let the big one get away? Missed the boat? Looked a gift horse in the mouth? Dropped an iron in the fire? Effed up an occasion?
What a noxious notion. If we were to dwell on all those times when we should have, would have, could have said yes, the tsunami of regret would smash us and pull us under never to be seen again. But what if we were somehow able to stack the deck so that when the big one swam by we were in the perfect position to snatch it?
Here, I speak of the deliciously tempting and plump morsel and the moment we spring into action and take what is ours! But there are at least 43 reasons that we are unprepared to snatch and savor. Perhaps the timing is poor, there is a lack of funding, Aunt Dorothy is in town and we promised mother we’d have her over for dinner. For all one knows, it is the norm to have all these impediments at once.
The ambush predator is somehow always ready. Now, wouldn’t that be nice? Perhaps the time has come to take a lesson from our animal friends? In many cases they are smarter than we are. Many, many cases.
The Monks of the Animal World
Many animal species have a knack for the inventive use of cover to surprise and capture their prey. These masters of deception and economy range from trapdoor spiders to snapping turtles to octopi. It is my wont and duty to love them all, and I do with an intense passion. If they let me, without losing a limb, being injected with venom, or having my final breath unceremoniously squeezed out of me, I would kiss them.
The trapdoor spider in Malaysia waits in its burrow. It pounces on prey that sets off tripwires encircling the burrow. The prey is then dragged into the burrow where it can be enjoyed at the spider’s leisure. We, much like the trapdoor spider, are in our burrow blogging, writing books, and practicing the classical guitar. But unlike the spider, we are not bothered by having to set trip wires and we lack that kind of craftiness anyhow.
We do not actually eat our prey although the Hoombah is a fierce and dangerous species. Rather, we allow ourselves to be consumed by it. It is precisely because we spend so much time in our lair refining our crafts and keeping matters simple that we are game when good fortune shows itself.
Content in Our Lair
Curiously, when I went to search about what happens inside the trapdoor spider’s lair, aside from dining on their prey at leisure, I came away with no information. Perhaps no one knows. Surely there must be some arachnologist or entomologist that got their tiny cameras inside a lair and gleefully observed the predator’s habits. One bit of information I do recall reading is that their quarters are incredibly tight, just wide enough for their comfortable passage. Seems a rather simple life. Perhaps they are simply very content in there. Subsequently, when they emerge, they are able to do what it is they need to do, what they are supposed to do. They do not deliberate, hem and haw, dilly-dally, hesitate, or spin their wheels. They feed.
Like our better skilled animal friends, we waste little time deliberating over nonsense. An opportunity is either worthy or not. They have become increasingly easy to spot, perhaps even a mile away. And so have plums or complete wastes of our efforts. Does the tiger dive into the stream for a minnow? Does the Python coil itself about a grasshopper? Does the falcon swoop down from the heavens to snatch a berry? I am not really sure as I am not a zoologist or biologist, but to the falcons: berries are well worth the trouble and ought to be considered, nutritious and delicious!
Though it has not always been the case, we were able when it was time to move from New York to Houston, all systems go when we wanted to open our own businesses, primed to begin a blog, and of a mind to write a book. The Big One is unlikely to get away next time and Aunt Dorothy will have to dine with mother dear.
How do you, Jolly Reader, make sure you are prepared for opportunity?
This post was featured on the Barbara Fried Berg Personal Finance, Canadian Budget Binder, thank you!