The other day I remembered a habit from childhood that consisted of saving a dress or shoes for “a special event.” If I look at my wardrobe with an honest analysis, I see that I have continued that habit to this day, leaving some clothes for those events that are extraordinary. Judging from the volume of clothing in this category, my world should become more celebratory.
Unfortunately, this is a habit that pervades our lives until many times, it’s simply too late. We often read about people who have been saving all their lives for a trip, only to die just before departure of an unexpected ailment.
After realizing recently that I have more of my life behind me than in front of me, I decided that I don’t want to wait any more for those situations that I’ve been anticipating. It’s not merely about party dresses. More importantly, it’s about journeys, challenges or other adventures.
If you have always wanted to write a book about your life or dreams, write it. If you have always wanted to visit the Grand Canyon, New York City or the Grand Ole Opry, don’t wait for the perfect time to go. That time will never arrive. Likewise, if you’ve always wanted to tutor a child or volunteer for the American Cancer Society do it now. Your habit of putting things off for another time will never go away on its own – you need to make it disappear.
My hope is to complete those projects that I’ve dedicated myself to finishing while I am able to do so. Regrets are exactly the same as broken promises. They undermine your spirit and deplete your energy. If you’re diligent, promises kept to yourself and others will enhance your life and inspire others to emulate you. We need to get busy. Shalom.