Who do you want at your wedding?

With our “big day” just 72 hours away, the level of excitement and anticipation is rapidly building.  Family, friends, colleagues, and acquaintances keep asking me how things are going, to which I reply… “Just a lot of “T” crossing and “I” dotting.”  One nagging question that seems to be on the back of a few people’s minds is: Why didn’t we invite more guests to our wedding?  I assume this question has arisen due to the fact that Angel and I capped off our wedding guest list at around 110 people and didn’t invite many of our current colleagues.  So while our wedding party is rather large (20 people deep, including the bride, groom, parents, and grandma), our guest list is rather small.  Why not invite more colleagues and acquaintances?  I guess that’s a valid question.

Most people probably think the obvious; cost must have something to do with it, right?  Sure, but while cost is always a factor, it’s not exactly a good reason to leave someone important off your wedding guest list.  We intend to get married only once, so this certainly isn’t an affair we plan to be frugal with.  Which brings me to the foundation of our reasoning:  This is an intimate affair.  The people who we invited are thought of as family, whether we are related by blood or not.  These are the people we trust, respect, and love.  These aren’t just the people that we hope would be there for us in our time of need, these are the people we will immediately rush to assist if they ever find themselves in a time of need.  In other words, we assembled our wedding guest list based on invitations sent only to our best friends and family.

Seizing the Unforeseen Moment of Opportunity

Short self-help articles discussing the motivational concept of seizing opportunity have become common filler on the face of news websites across the web.  The fundamental lesson usually rests within the notion that one must absolutely capitalize on opportunity when it arises, for it may not come again.  It seems like countless individuals, including myself, concentrate heavily on the hunt for opportunity.  Most of us spend a great deal of time searching for a new job, analyzing the potential of an investment, brainstorming the million dollar idea, all while endlessly attempting to impress our superiors. 

When will our big break transpire?  When will the perceived outcome we so desperately seek move from our imagination into the physical space before us?  These are questions pertaining to a point in time that will continue to remain unknown.  We all have the ability to take steps in a positive direction, but the climatic moment that solidifies the success of all our efforts will come suddenly, in complete disregard of what we see coming over the horizon. 

So how can we be certain that we will be ready to seize the opportunity in the wake of that unforeseen moment?  I’m only beginning to apprehend a slight understanding of the essential elements.  It has nothing to do with luck, and everything to do with confidence, awareness and education.  We must always be prepared to act… and when the moment arises, we react.