This is what went through my mind:
“Wait - is that a hot air balloon?
Yes, it is. Is it real?
But what is it doing in that field?
Aren't they usually deflated unless the burner is going? Can it be real?”
I drove closer and could see more clearly ….
“Oh wow - there are people in the basket! Oh, and people on the ground too. And the basket is a few feet off the ground! Is it going up - or down?
Should I pull over and watch? Is that rude? Would I be in the way? Maybe I'll just go up the road a bit and pull over.
Oh wow - it bounced! Now the people on the ground are running to it. They surrounded it and are grabbing it, and tugging on it.
Did it really just land? Wish I had noticed it coming down! Or was this a failed attempt to rise and they are going to try again? The burner is still lit - I can see the flame.
Oops. Four-way stop. Better concentrate!
Darn, now there really isn't a good place to pull over. Oh well, I will stop on the way back.
I don't really have time, with so much to do today, but you don't see a hot air balloon land every day!
I really want a picture, the balloon is so pretty.”
So - that was a pretty frighteningly honest glimpse into the chatter of my mind, but you get the idea.
|I missed photographing a real balloon today, but this ornament is from Albuquerque, New Mexico,|
home of the Albuquerque International Balloon Festival.
And now - the lesson.
I was only a few minutes picking up our dog, but by the time I drove back, the hot air balloon was gone from sight. Just as I drove by the field, I saw a number of people holding what must have been the folded up balloon, and stuffing it into a truck bed. I had missed my opportunity. Had I just slowed and stopped when I first saw the balloon, I might have had a different story to tell - and a photo of a balloon. Just to prove I'm not a slow learner though, I have found an opportunity in my missed opportunity. I hope I can use the memory of this event as a reminder to be more ready to act on opportunities as they occur.
I do wish I had a photo of that beautiful balloon to post here today though!
What moments of opportunities have you missed?
Have you ever turned a missed opportunity into an opportunity?