“The tragedy of life is not that it ends so soon, but that we wait so long to begin it.”
W. M. Lewis
I had lunch with one of my favorite people yesterday. My friend is a multi-talented, multi-faceted humanitarian adventuress who is always doing amazing things. She had just returned from Costa Rica where she has built a school for some rural kids who will have a much better future because of my friend. I always enjoy my time with her because she is knowledgeable and insightful but unlike many of us she does not think too much about what she might do, she spends her time doing things for others and for herself. She has built the life she wants to live.
When I got home I found an e-mail written by Angel Chernoff that reminded me of the choices my friend has made. Here in part is what Angel wrote:
4 Ways to LIVE Today, and Not Merely Exist
Throughout your life, there will be times when the world gets real quiet and the only thing left is the beat of your own heart. So you’d better learn the sound of it, otherwise you’ll never understand what it’s telling you.
The wisest and happiest among us are those who are respectful of their time, and who use it productively to grow as they age. Sadly though, far too many of us age much faster than we grow. We spend so much of our lives going through the external motions of what society tells us “maturity” that we fail to concentrate on our own inner growth and goals. We never allocate enough time just for us.
Part of the problem is that we’re always waiting for some condition to resolve itself at some point in the future. We find ourselves asking, “How did it get so late, and why haven’t I moved?” In other words, we’ve aged, but we never grew to our true potential. We never fulfilled ourselves.
Invest the present in what matters most to you.
You are the customer of a bank called Time. Every morning it credits you with eighty-six thousand, four hundred seconds. Every night it writes off, as a loss, whatever remainder you have failed to invest to good purpose. It carries over no balance. It allows no overdraft. If you fail to use the day’s deposits, the loss is yours. There is no going back. You must live in the present on today’s deposits only. Invest it so as to get from it the utmost in health, happiness, and success.
Focus on writing your own life story, your way.
Don’t be so satisfied with the success stories of others and how things have gone for them that you forget to write your own. Unfold your own tale and bring it to life. You have everything you need to become what you are capable of becoming. Incredible change happens when you decide to take control. This means consuming less and creating more. It means refusing to let others do your thinking, talking, and deciding for you. It means learning to respect and use your own ideas and instincts to write your passage.
Live what you preach.
Remember that thinking and doing are two very different things. Success never comes to look for you while you wait around thinking about it. You are what you do, not what you say you’ll do. Knowledge is basically useless without action. Ask yourself what’s really important and then have the courage to build your life around your answer. Identify what’s most important to you. Prune nonessential commitments. Eliminate as much as you possibly can of everything else. And remember, if you wait until you feel 100% ready to begin, you’ll likely be waiting the rest of your life.
Step boldly into the unknown.
And don’t buy into the myth of the perfect moment either. Moments aren’t perfect; they’re what you make them. These states of perfection are myths. They do not exist. Your ability to grow to your highest potential is directly related to your willingness to act in the face of imperfection. You will come to succeed not by finding a perfect moment, but by learning to see and use life’s imperfections perfectly.
So ask yourself this: “When it’s all said and done, will I have said more than I’ve done?” Let your answer be NO!
Don’t wait. The time will never be just right.
A 3rd-grade girl came home from school. She was very happy, and her Mom noticed this. Mom asked, “What makes you so happy today?”
The girl said, “Mom, we learned how to make babies in school today!”
Thinking that 3rd grade was a bit early for that, she asked her daughter to tell her how. “It’s easy, Mom — you just drop the y, and add ies,” the daughter said.
I Used To Be Schizophrenic, But We’re OK Now
QUESTIONS I’VE WONDERED ABOUT
Do people in Australia call the rest of the world “up over”?
Does killing time damage eternity?
Why doesn’t Tarzan have a beard?
Why is it that night falls and day breaks?
Why is lemon juice made with artificial flavor and dishwashing liquid made with real lemons?
Do pilots take crash courses?
How can there be self-help “groups”?
“Filthy Stinking Rich… Well, Two Out of Three Ain’t Bad”
A Sunday school teacher was discussing the Ten Commandments with her five and six year olds. After explaining the commandment to “honor thy father and thy mother,” she asked “Is there a commandment that teaches us how to treat our brothers and sisters?”
Without missing a beat one little boy (the oldest of a family) answered, “Thou shall not kill.”
“Before they invented drawing boards, what did they go back to?”
The bartender asks the guy sitting at the bar, “What’ll you have?” The guy answers, “A scotch, please.” The bartender hands him the drink, and says “That’ll be five dollars,” to which the guy replies, “What are you talking about? I don’t owe you anything for this.”
A lawyer, sitting nearby and overhearing the conversation, then says to the bartender, “You know, he’s got you there. In the original offer, which constitutes a binding contract upon acceptance, there was no stipulation of remuneration.”
The bartender was not impressed, but says to the guy, “Okay, you beat me for a drink. But don’t ever let me catch you in here again.”
The next day, same guy walks into the bar. Bartender says, “What the heck are you doing in here? I can’t believe you’ve got the audacity to come back!”
The guy says, “What are you talking about? I’ve never been in this place in my life!” The bartender replies, “I’m very sorry, but this is uncanny. You must have a double.”
To which the guy replies, “Thank you. Make it a scotch.”
“Maybe you think you’ll be entitled to more happiness later by forgoing all of it now, but it doesn’t work that way. Happiness takes as much practice as unhappiness does. It’s by living that you live more. By waiting you wait more. Every waiting day makes your life a little less. Every lonely day makes you a little smaller. Every day you put off your life makes you less capable of living it.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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