The “lost” in this proverb, which dates back to England of the early 1700’s, does not mean “unable to find one’s way home”. Rather, the saying signifies that if you react too slowly to situations, especially urgent ones, you will generally “lose” a good opportunity. More about this a little later.
Earlier this month Canadians were busy congratulating themselves over the results of a survey which covered 18,000 people in 24 countries. The question put to these individuals was simple: “If you were presented with the opportunity of moving to Canada, would you?” Overwhelmingly, the respondents answered in the affirmative – including 77 percent of those canvassed in China and 68 percent from India. Seventy-two percent believed that Canada is welcoming to immigrants. Heck, even 30 percent of Americans would choose Canada, if they could.