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Agriculture.com Staff 03/14/2007 @ 8:07am

Over the weekend, I was catching up with a friend of mine. He's in the food business -- at one time in his life he even owned a restaurant and did a lot of the cooking. But now, at this stage in his life, he doesn't cook.

Just doesn't do it.

It's not something he's particularly proud of -- he is, after all, in the food business. Part of his job is encouraging people to cook, so he doesn't really share this whole no-cooking thing with his colleagues. I'm sure they think he leaves work, puts on an apron and whips up spectacular meals for his family.

And he could.

But he doesn't.

Not so long ago, he invited friends from work over to his house. He was going to heat up a few hors d'oeuvres. Everyone was standing around the kitchen chatting when he went to the stove and...didn't know how to turn the oven on.

Busted.

It was just a moment, a mere split second. This guy is smart; he could have figured out how to turn the oven on, but that one moment of hesitation was all it took for his secret to slip out.

Life is like that. Every now and then there's a moment and if you don't seize the moment, you got nothin' but trouble.

I know a guy who had a new hat that he wore to church and put on the coat rack. After the service, he made his way to the back of the church just in time to see an elderly member of the congregation put it on and walk out the door. There was a moment when he could have spoken up and gotten his hat back, but he hesitated, so the older gentleman got a few steps further away and calling out to him didn't seem the thing to do in church. He figured he'd just catch him the next week, get his hat back and share a bit of a laugh together.

The guy died.

Yep, that very week.

Of course it was sad. He was a very nice man, a good husband and member of the community, and the death was sudden and unexpected. And, unfortunately, he wasn't wearing the hat when he passed away.

You do see the problem, don't you?

This is not a conversation you can have with a bereaved family. "So sorry for your loss. By the way, have you noticed a strange hat around?" Phrase it any way you want, it's just not gonna happen. The hat was gone forever, no doubt stuffed deep inside a bag of clothes the grandchildren used for playing dress up or else sold for fifty cents at a garage sale.

And that's the lesson for today. In life, every now and then there is a moment, and you've got to be prepared to grab that puppy without hesitation, because sometimes life moves at a leisurely pace and sometimes it sails by like a freight train headed for Montana. If you're not ready, you're going to look like a dope who can't even light an oven or, worse yet, you're gonna lose your hat.

Copyright 2007 Brent Olson

Over the weekend, I was catching up with a friend of mine. He's in the food business -- at one time in his life he even owned a restaurant and did a lot of the cooking. But now, at this stage in his life, he doesn't cook.

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