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“Take a chance! All life is a chance. The man who goes farthest is generally the one who is willing to do and dare.” Dale Carnegie

Motivation Mondays: Take a Chance

Motivation Mondays: Take a Chance

Take a Chance: Years ago, when I took a chance on love and moved to the US, I was so lonely and miserable that I kept vowing to pack it all in and move back to the UK. I had left family and friends back home to start life in a somewhat hostile environment as a foreign student and a zero. The love died on arrival; he forgot to tell me he was in a serious relationship. I braced myself and turned my attention to my studies. I had left the safety net of my closest family and friends to take a chance on starting a new life in another country. Even with phone calls home, there were lots of things reminding me that I was alone; simple things like seeing families shopping together and gathering groceries in the supermarket.

Whenever I left my college classrooms and headed home to my first apartment in a high-rise building, the gaps of silence were deafening. I nudged myself to reach out and make new friends but my efforts felt forced and stilted. Here I was, the outspoken, happy go lucky, fashionista and party animal who suddenly found herself out of her element in a new country. Things that made sense on TV about this great country, didn’t have the same impact in reality as they now seemed excessive. There were drive-throughs and fast food joints everywhere. There were huge cars, huge food markets, and endless highways that seemed to fall into the unknown. The daily challenges left me feeling raw, used, and very vulnerable.

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“Take every chance you get in life … because some things only happen once!” Karen Gibbs

Motivation Mondays: Take a Chance

Motivation Mondays: Take a Chance

Miguel – Come Through and Chill (Official Video) ft. J. Cole, Salaam Remi

Luck is not chance by Emily Dickinson
Luck is not chance —
It’s Toil —
Fortune’s expensive smile
Is earned —
The Father of the Mine
Is that old-fashioned Coin
We spurned — via inspirtionalstories

Why take a Chance?: Every day was my last day in the US and I even bought a plane ticket… but something stopped me. Each time I came close to throwing in the towel, I would remember how much my dad disliked the idea of my moving to the US alone, and how much I promised him that I wouldn’t fail or disgrace his good name. Yes, it’s a typical immigrant story; even for those of us who came here legally. My promise is what kept me here and that is what keeps me going in the face of a lifetime of struggles. We take a chance for change and we make subsequent choices to propel us forward into the unknown.  It is scary but worth the effort because such shifts in our comfort zone help us grow.

How do our chances/choices show up in our lives? If you are friends with me on Facebook, you’d know that I don’t have thousands of friends but,  most of the ones I have are childhood friends, co workers, former students, and staff. I am a loyal friend and I don’t take my friendships lightly. I can be abrupt but, I don’t enjoy seeing people hurting. I love a good laugh and I dislike petty or harsh people. We all drop the ball sometimes but, a repeat offender needs retraining or time out. I believe in taking a chance on people and creating lasting friendships because they matter.


The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for AUG 2018/SEPT 2018 are:


08/01   –  Girlfriend Day
08/06   –  Friendship Day, World Indigenous People Day,
08/13  –   International Youth Day
08/20  –   World Humanitarian Day, MTV Music Awards
08/27   –  National Dog Day



09/01   –  03 Labor Day, 5 International Charity Day,  8 International Literacy Day
09/09   –  9 Rosh Hashana, 10 Suicide Prevention Day, 11 Patriot Day,
09/16  –  17 Emmy Awards, 19 Yom Kippur, 21 International Day of Peace,  22 Fall, 22 Oktoberfest
09/23   –  23 Padre Pio Day, 24 – 30 Sukkot,  27 World Tourism Day
09/30 –    30 Sukkot Ends


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More Below!

“Anytime we step out boldly to make changes, we take a chance that we might fail. But the only way to get better is to try.” Joyce Meyer

Motivation Mondays: Take a Chance

Motivation Mondays: Take a Chance

Motivation Mondays: Take a Chance

Motivation Mondays: Take a Chance

Take A Chance – Poem by Ronald Chapman
You and I crossed paths,
For the first time in my dreams.

I’ve waited so very long,
To cross an endless ocean of time.

Rising into the sky
Above the walls of impossibility,
Not knowing if you truly exist.

No longer feeling alone.

I take a chance,
This fantasy becomes a beautiful story,
My dreams become real.

I look for you,
Waiting for me,
Standing, in the gardens of reality. 
via poemhunter


Any Zen Antics stories via


Positive Motivation Tip: Life is about making the right moves at key moments.Take a chance and thrive.

Motivation Mondays is open to anyone who wishes to share a motivational quote, photo, personal challenge or a post that encourages others to start the week on an upbeat note.
Basic Instructions: Each week, I will have a motivation word to help us create a response. (See listed words for the months above/below)
Email address: You may email or share your post as a comment and I will add it to the round-up of related posts. email it to: contact(@)mirthandmotivation(.)com
Category tag: – Share your post using Motivation Mondays
Twitter hashtag: – Use this on Twitter #MotvnM
Dedicated Page: There is a dedicated page for Motivation Mondays. It has the same instructions and will include other helpful tools and a link to the round-up
Facebook Page: MotivationOnMondays Join our page and add your post and/or any motivational piece you think will be helpful to others.
Facebook Community: We have a Facebook community forum to compliment the page. It serves as another way to share uplifting posts and thoughts. Please join in and add your voice.

Badge: – I created a fun badge using PicMonkey’s free photo editing tools. You can create your own, use WordPress’ integrated tool on your blog or you are welcome to use mine. (see dedicated page)
Tag: – Motivation Mondays
Hashtag: – #MotvnM

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PHOTO CREDITS/ATTRIBUTIONS:All Photos:   Chances via Pixabay
,  AND/OR via  Wikipedia

Until Next Time…
Ask. Believe. Receive. ©
Elizabeth Obih-Frank
Mirth and Motivation
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