"When it gets dark enough you can see the stars." - Lee Salk
This is the time of year when I enjoy looking up at the evening sky and marveling at the wonderful beauty that is the heavens. You can see Mars, Jupiter, constellations such as The Pleiades, Orion, Taurus, Gemini, stars such as Rigel, Sirius, Castor and Pollux, even things like The Orion Nebula and the Andromeda Galaxy.
A few years ago, I purchased an 8" Dobsonian reflective telescope and started to learn about the things I was seeing. However, because of the light conditions during early evening, I failed to see many of the objects that I wanted to. I thought that I could not see them because my equipment or location was not suitable to see them. However, I found that if I waited until the late evening, when the sky got darkest, that I could see things that took my breath away. The opportunity to see some of the most beautiful heavenly objects clearly depended on how dark it got.
Our careers are much like this. We tend to see only those things that are clearly visible to everyone and disregard those opportunities that may be there if only we waited or searched for them. There are wonderful things awaiting those of us who search for those opportunities and have the patience to look carefully.
This year, let's concentrate our efforts not just on how well we see the existing opportunities, but rather on how well we see the stars of opportunities that shine only when it gets dark enough.