Adventures in Awesome Living

by Sunil Bali, 26-02-12

Many biologists view humans as the most successful species on Earth due to our intelligence and adaptability.

There is, however, one measure of success in which we lag behind other species. That is, we miss far more opportunities than we take.

When we were cave dwellers and our goals were to just find food, shelter and multiply we, like our friends the insects, did rather well. But as we’ve evolved and emotional needs such as self expression, a sense of achievement and a sense of purpose have come to the fore, we’ve not done so well:

1 in 4 of us will suffer some sort of mental illness during the course of our life and over half the world’s wealth is owned by just 2% of the population.

It’s not that the opportunities aren’t there. It’s just that the mental fog that seems to envelope 21st Century man prevents the majority from seeing or grasping these opportunities. So the message from the minority who Carpe Punctum is clear…..

Dear optimist, pessimist and realist,

While you were deciding how much water there was in the glass, I drank it.

Yours sincerely

The Opportunist


Even when opportunity knocks a man still has to get up off his seat and open the door – Anon

We are all faced with a series of great opportunities brilliantly disguised as impossible situations – Charles Swindoll

Sometimes we stare so long at a door that is closing, that we see too late the one that is open – Alexander Graham Bell

If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door – Milton Berle


One for the ladies,

Element Name: MAN

Symbol: XY

Atomic Weight: (180+/-50)

Physical properties: Solid at room temperature, but gets bent out of shape easily. Fairly dense and sometimes flaky. Difficult to find a pure sample. Aging samples are unable to conduct electricity as easily as young samples.

Chemical properties: Attempts to bond with WO (Element: Woman) any chance it can get. Also tends to form strong bonds with itself. Becomes explosive when mixed with KD (Element: Child) for prolonged periods of time. Neutralize by saturating with alcohol.

Usage: None known. Possibly good methane source. Good specimens are able to produce large quantities on command.

Caution: In the absence of WO, this element rapidly decomposes and begins to smell.

and one for the men,

A woman knocked at the door and her daughter-in-law answered naked, wearing just her birthday suit. "Your son loves me wearing my birthday suit when he comes home from work. You should try it", she said to her mother-in-law.

So the next evening, when her husband came home from work, the mother-in-law did just that and opened the door wearing nothing but her birthday suit. "What are you doing?" her husband asked.

"I’m wearing my birthday suit just for you," she replied.

"It needs ironing," he said.

To your success,