Make hay while the sun shines
Those who either on account of carelessness or idleness, neglect to take time by the forelock are not only losers in the long run but may be involved in ruin for this slight neglect. Favorable opportunities are rare and once they have passed they can hardly be got back again. Even if they return, a thousand obstacles might stand in the way and make it impossible for the opportunities to be turned to advantage. And then the man who has lost his opportunities can do nothing but repent for his carelessness and neglect. The consequences of not observing what the proverb teaches are not to be treated lightly they are by no means insignificant. Indifference to make good use of an opportunity presented might make a man unhappy and miserable for ever.
The story from the Bible of the five wise and five foolish virgins who went to attend a marriage feast will be an appropriate illustration of the proverb. The five wise virgins went with their lamps trimmed end filled with oil. But the foolish ones though they had every facility neither took oil nor trimmed their lamps. When at midnight the cry went round that the bridegroom was coming the wise virgins at once rose, lighted their lamps and joined the marriage party. But the foolish ones were quite unprepared and when their friends refused to lend them oil they left the place to buy it from the market. When they returned however they found that the marriage party had gone away and the door of the hall was shut.
It is clear form what has been stated above that it is extremely foolish and risky to allow opportunities which come to pass away unutilized.