While the iron’s hot.

I remember many years ago reading a comment from a pro camera guy. He was asked “What is the best camera for capturing a special moment?”

His answer, which has been my thoughts ever since was “whatever you have in your hand at the time.”

And so, the other day when I was out gathering the possums and raccoons dishes from the prior evening in order to wash them, this single statement proved itself to be true.

The only thing I had on me when I spotted a tiny little frog jump out of my way, was the phone in my jeans pocket.

Within a minute of me getting the three shots here, he was gone. He waited for me to stop looking and when I looked back, he was gone.

Anyway, the quick pics I got are at the end of this blog and for the record, I think the last one is my favorite ever phone pic that I have taken. Enjoy!

It was while washing the dishes that the thought for this blog occurred to me and it was reinforced when I got a moment to check out what I had gotten.

You see oftentimes, a moment comes along worth shooting and when I run inside to get the camera, it is gone by the time I get back out.

I am unsure of how many times that has happened but it is likely in double-digits.

And sometimes life presents real moments for us to grab something and we hold off waiting for a “more perfect” moment.

The phrase “more perfect” is a bit of an oxymoron as the very definition of perfection is that nothing could possibly be more.

So when we find ourselves presented with an opportunity for something, successful people are the ones that went for it, regardless of how ready they were.

There are always better-prepared moments than the ones we are in but unless they coincide perfectly with the opportunity that comes across our bow, they are of absolutely no value to us.

I am inclined to think that there have been many moments in my life that I have missed because I was caught waiting and whether they would have led to success or not, is anyone’s guess. One thing for sure is that I will never know.

“Carpe Diem” is a well-worn mantra that adorns many a t-shirt, hat, or wall-poster. And while most of us espouse the benefit of such an approach, we are notoriously slow to to respond and hide in the pocket of caution.

Striking while the iron is hot is something that separates the winners from the also-rans and though occasionally, we may get burned by a poorly executed failure, at least we will have tried.

As Oliver Goldsmith so eloquently put it, “success consists of getting up one more time than you fall.”

… just a thought!