Another year is nearly in the history book. Where did it go? It seems when I was just a teenager time crawled. I thought, "I'll never get my driver's license!" Everything, even those last few days of a school year seemed months away. Then into my twenties, the kids were little, time was moving a little too fast and today...time flies at light speed! Time is precious today, I don't want to waste a minute.
There are so many days that I plan to get certain things done....tomorrow. I'm going to call that friend or family member I haven't spoken to in a while. I'm going to go through files or closets and get rid of stuff I'll never use. Tomorrow, I'm going to enroll in that class or, get into a regular work out routine. Tomorrow I'll start that diet. Tomorrow, I'll apologize to that person I hurt. Tomorrow, I'm set on praying more. Tomorrow, I'm going to get help for this drinking problem....on and on. You and I seemed to be married to those five syllables of sorrow...procrastination.
We will have tomorrow, what we have today. We will do tomorrow, what we did today. Here are a few wise words to ponder:
" Tomorrow is the busiest day of the week." Spanish proverb
" You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found
again." Benjamin Franklin
" Let us endeavor so to live that when we come to die, even
the undertaker will be sorry." Mark Twain
That idea you came up with that would really be helpful to many, that study group you're planning to put together, that physical you're determined to have, going to an AA meeting you promised your spouse and children, and looking for that job, putting out those "feelers" for a possible relocation you really want....all of these have been placed on tomorrows agenda, never to happen. Why? Fear?
I would have to agree fear of failure is a major factor that hampers our "becoming" or most achievements. But there is another thought that I feel is a dream killer, it's selfishness. We don't want to get off the couch and start that workout. We really don't want to check that job out, because we don't feel like going anywhere today. We don't call that family member we haven't spoken to forever...that may lead to having to go visit, and I really don't want to do that right now.
Tired of living that way? I am. A few years back, I worked at a place that was seldom busy. I had a computer on my desk and I got hooked playing a game on the net. I spent hours playing. One day I thought about the time I had, and was wasting. Enough already! I made a list of 101 things to do other than play a stupid game. From that list, I learned to play guitar, learned to speak Spanish conversationally, and began to read, really read. My life changed from hating what I had become, and I was sick of putting off. The key to this change was prayer. I asked God to help me live to learn, and to restore that ambition to accomplish my goals. He helped me, and continues to do so.
In these last few days of 2011, take the time to think about what you plan to do in the year 2012. Think about those ideas and ambitions you've had that just faded away from busyness, raising children, or being enslaved to your job, or even from addictions to drug, alcohol, gambling, porn, etc. Then ask God to help you return to the enthusiasm of your youth, when thoughts and ideas were fresh, and nothing seemed impossible to you. And here is the secret word I'm going to give you at no extra charge...inertia. Get up, take a walk, think, pray, and write down tomorrow. Write down what you see in the future as if your immediate goals were accomplished.
A couple of thoughts: Don't make crazy claims, or set impossible goals. Don't ask God to help you, then take matters into your own hands and buy a lottery ticket. Keep things simple, just out of reach at first, then with each little achievement like, getting the closet cleaned out, or making that first AA/NA meeting, getting the family into a home church, or spending 15 mins per day walking in place, you can stretch further, reach higher as you accomplish the smaller goals. And before you lay down at night, review the day. Don't be hard on yourself if things didn't get done, ask God to help you do better. Then take a moment to be grateful for all you have, no matter how little you have.
I hope this has helped you, it has helped me. Thanks for reading, God bless and keep you all. Keith