Have you ever had a conversation that changed your life?

My mother was a “planner”.  With 9 kids, she had to be!

The plan for the early August day was to go shopping for school supplies.

It was a beautiful day.

As we were getting ready, mom said, “We have a change in plans—we are going to the beach instead!

I think I was about 15 years old at the time and asked my mother why she changed her mind and she said,

When an opportunity presents itself—TAKE IT.  Yes, we were going to go shopping, but today is a sunny, gorgeous day—and we may not have the opportunity to go the beach again before school starts.”

My mother always looked for “opportunities” to take the road less traveled.  Most of them worked out.  Some of them didn’t.  But who cared!  The point was that you never have to REGRET “not taking a chance—or doing something—or passing up an opportunity” that presents itself NOW!

Have you ever had a conversation that changed your life?  Maybe you did not take notice right away.  It may have taken years to realize that this conversation had a profound effect on the way to do business; the way you interact with family and friends; the way you think about your life!

At the end of my mother’s life, she had the opportunity to go to Germany.  She was in the last stages of pancreatic cancer.  She decided to go anyway.  She died in Munich a few days after attending an Oktober Fest party—where she had the time of her life!

Reflecting back, what conversation do you remember that changed the way you thought about things?  Please, please comment below.