A few weeks ago WordPress had this announcement on their page that ‘advertised’ a new site/service called Plinky. This is a service for those of us who think we like to write a blog, but really have nothing worthwhile to say. Every day, they post a question that is intended to help us push through writer’s block, and find something to talk about. I added Plinky to my RSS reader, and have been watching it, anxiously waiting for the inspiration. And sometime last week, it came through – and I’m just now getting around to writing an answer. Maybe it’s not writer’s block after all – just good old procrastination (of which I wear a size XL).
So the Plinky prompt from last week said:
What’s the best advice you ever received?
A day or so later, the prompt said:
What’s your favorite quote and why?
Wow. I waited weeks for a good question I could answer, and now I get a two-for-one special. My favorite quote is also some of the best advice I’ve ever received. I don’t even know how long ago it was I came across this advice, but it was in a fortune cookie, which is still posted on my bulletin board (it’s been there at LEAST 10-12 years, maybe longer).
In line with the current “fortune” cookie trend to avoid telling fortunes, but dispensing advice, here is what mine said:
“Many opportunities are open to you. Work a little harder.”
It turns out that I haven’t really worked all that hard (remember that procrastination thing?), but there have been more opportunities for me than I could have ever really imagined. And they’re still coming at me. It’s incredible to think what might have happened if I’d been a hard worker!