“Sometimes there is no next time, no time-outs, no second chances; sometimes it’s now or never.”

 

 

Alan Bennett

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Life is tricky.

 

 

While there often seems to be unending line of second chances standing outside your door sometimes … well … you look outside one morning and they have all gone to have a scone at starbucks.

 

And you are alone.

 

 

And you can’t play the ‘next time’ card or ask the next second chance to come on in. Or say … uhm … can you wait a minute? <until one of the second chances comes back from the bathroom>

 

Nope.

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Its now or never.

 

 

And this gets even trickier.

 

Because while I suggested a line of second chances typically hangs out outside your door … they don’t really stand around. You just kind of envision, and hope, they are hanging around.

 

What that means is this is a judgment call on your part.

 

Now.

 

 

If it helps … the odds are with you.

 

Life DOES give you a shitload of second chances and timeouts and next times. Probably more than you could ever use in a lifetime as a matter of fact.

 

But that’s not the point.

 

This is about the moment when the odds say … oops … none of them available.

 

Now or never.

 

 

Life walks right on up to you and says … ‘what’s your call?’

 

And this is actually the judgment call.

 

Life doesn’t say (in an aside whisper) … “Hey, just so you know, this is one of those no time out, no second chance, no next time moments.”

 

(sorry about that)

 

 

You just gotta know.

 

I guess the point of this is to remind everyone that while Life is extremely generous in giving time outs and second chances … there are going to be now or never moments.

 

And you have to be prepared for them.

 

And do your best to recognize them.

 

And make a call.

 

 

Oh.

 

And, I imagine, it is also important to recognize afterwards, if you fucked up and didn’t see it, that it was a ‘now or never’ moment.

 

And that is important because … well … you cannot undo or go back or ask for a second chance.

 

Because, well, it was a now or never moment.

 

And you are done with it.

 

It is gone.

 

Move on.

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Don’t beat yourself up (wasted energy).

 

Don’t try and fix it.

 

Live & learn.

 

 

It sucks but, trust me, more often than not … you will get another ‘now or never’ opportunity again one day <whether you want it or not>

 

And … at that moment … remember …  “sometimes there is no next time.”

Because it pays to recognize one of these moments when they arise.

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