When Opportunity Knocks…

Opportunity fishWhat exactly is opportunity? Is it lucky chance? It it the right set of circumstances at a given time? Should we not let it slip by and instead take advantage of it? Opportunity can inspire hope that our lives will be made better in the future. It is something that can happen at the most inappropriate time and therefore might be overlooked and avoided when it crosses our path. Thomas Edison wrote “Opportunity is missed by most people because it is Opportunity Plantdressed in overalls and looks like work”. How many times have we said no to a new adventure and in turn missed out on something great? We may not even have thought about doing something new until we were prompted with an opportunity. Maybe it is time to become more “Yes people”. I don’t mean saying yes to everything but trusting in our gut more. The fear of failing or being embarrassed can hold us Opportunity Arrowsall back. What if it turns out to be a mind-blowing and learning experience? Isn’t it better to know what would have happened then to wonder what might have been. By not seizing the opportunity by saying it is not the right time, you may in turn be reinforcing some hidden feeling that you don’t really deserve it. Life is filled with opportunities. At times they are dropped in our laps and sometimes they are a little hidden and may take a conscious effort to find.

A Lifetime of Giving Blood…

James Harrison needed surgery and a large amount of blood when he was 14 years of Opportunity donatingage. As an adult he wanted to repay the favor and so for the next 60 years he donated blood 1,173 times. Medical professionals discovered that his blood contained a rare antibody that when combined with a certain medication would go on to save more then 2 million babies from dying of a fatal disease. Anti-D was issued in approximately 3 million doses to mothers since 1967. The Red Cross in Australia said that there are only about 160 donors that have this rare plasma. Certain babies born with a rare blood type can develop hemolytic disease of the fetus which is fatal. At 81 “the man with the golden arm” as Mr. Harrison was known will have to stop giving blood. It is felt that he might now compromise his own health. Researchers are now working on “A James in the Jar version” in attempting to recreate his antibody synthetically. p.s. I should mention that James is terrified of needles.

Elephants can talk through their walk…

Not only do elephants have a powerful ability for communication via their trunk, but it seems that their footprints can produce sounds that can be heard even further. ScientistsOpportunity elephantshave tools to study the magnitude and effects of earthquakes. Recently they have been using these same tools to study the “Seismic Signatures” of elephant’s footprint vibrations which act as long distance communicators. They are somehow able to monitor vibrations through their bodies. The study was done by The Universities of Oxford and Bristol in which the scientists were able to determine what exactly the elephants were trying to communicate. Specifically, they will be able to detect if the animals are being pursued by poachers.