We create opportunities. We can either feel sorry for ourselves for what happened to us or treat what happened as a gift. Everything is either an opportunity to grow or an obstacle to keep us from growing. We get to choose.

Every day is a new opportunity. We can build on yesterday's success or put its failures behind and start over again. That's the way life is, with a new game every day, and that's the way baseball is.

I have learned that beautiful things happen in our lives when we distance ourselves from all the negative things. Let us never be afraid to fall apart because it is an opportunity to rebuild ourselves the way we wish we would.

When we focus on problems, we get more problems. When we focus on possibilities, we have more opportunities.

I'm most proud of the blessings that God has bestowed upon me, in my life. He has given me the vision to truly see that we can improve ourselves, we can fall down, but we can still get back up. I have learned from my mistakes and have the opportunity to strengthen and to improve the next thing I do.

I have also learned that without change there is no innovation, creativity, nor incentive for improvement. Those who initiate change will have a better opportunity to manage the change that is inevitable.

When we plant the seeds of faith and passion in our lives, we create path of opportunities that would lead us to success and happiness. Be flexible, notice that stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind. As we think, so shall we become!

By Tim Pedrosa