The proverb, ‘make hay while the sun shines’ is generally used to mean that ‘it is very necessary to make the best of whatever opportunity comes in our way.’ We should always be alert, in mind and body, to reap the benefits of an opportunity. Life is a competition and one who wins is the one who makes use of the opportunities.
We all would have heard people say that “Opportunity Knocks only once in Life”. This is quite true. Not all doors are kept open for us to reach at any time. We should rightly act and get to the doorsteps that we need to reach and make use of the opportunity.
It is very difficult to prepare hay during rainy and foggy days. Therefore, a wise farmer prepares hay crops during fine weather conditions. He understands that the climatic conditions favorable for making it will not continue forever. For this reason, he tries to avail himself of the opportunity for making hay crops during sunny days.
The proverb warns people that if they procrastinate and do not avail of the good opportunities, then they may find themselves in a situation when the opportunity has lapsed. Future is uncertain. The few opportunities that people get in their life have limited validity with regard to time. Hence, good opportunities should be acted upon immediately when they are found. The world has become an intensely competitive place.
People should not ignore opportunities and wait for the next.
Author – Palak Bedi