The syllable “op” — as in optimism — derives from Latin. According to the Columbia Encyclopedia, Ops was the Roman goddess of harvests, who blessed the activities of sowing and reaping. Add to that the syllable “port” for safe entry or harbor, plus the syllable “unity” for cooperative community, and you get the word “opportunity.”
Fast-forward from ancient Rome to the Art Affair 2012, a benefit for OpenDoors of Asheville. The nonprofit works to break the cycle of poverty for local kids.
I had the honor of attending the event, and a couple of months later, I’m still thinking about it.