"One Day" is Today
"Sitting still and wishing makes no person great." ~Author Unknown
My great grandma wrote this on the back of a makeshift list of monthly expenses in December 1980. It's a random oddity to find (and still have around), but I think she might have been onto something when she scribbled down that proverb 30 years ago.
We all have lofty dreams, don't we? We want to travel the world. Find that perfect job. Run that marathon. Write that novel. Whatever it is we aspire to do "one day" keeps us moving forward. It gives us something to put our hope in. These dreams and desires are good--really good--things to have in our lives.
But when does that "one day" come?
It's a struggle to turn our "want to's" into "have done's," isn't it? We've all at one point or another reached a goal and felt the blissful satisfaction of accomplishment. But if we take a step back to reassess our lives, we realize that most of these wonderful ambitions we have lay dormant. And the world is missing out.
I'm completely guilty of the sin of complacency. I wrote a thousand words and I "got busy." I ran 5 miles and I "got tired." I bought the seeds but they sit on my shelf. I'll ____ as soon as ____ (fill in the blanks). We've all made excuses, but what better time than NOW to put our dreams into motion?
A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to chat with a local community activist. (These sorts of people always put me to shame.) He teaches kids to express their ideas through art. He educates the public on the importance of sustainable living. He builds hoop houses where food will be grown to feed the hungry. He has a passion and he acts upon it--not when the time seems right, but NOW.
Of course, if you are like me, you have way too many dreams to count, and perhaps if you had three extra days in the week and the ability to function without sleep, you could make them happen. But instead of trying to accomplish everything at once, start small. Make a pact with yourself not to procrastinate on the laundry or the dishes this week. Or go sign up to volunteer for that organization you've been looking into. Take the plunge and buy your plane ticket to Morocco!
Join me in making at least one of our dreams a reality this month. (I'm going to send out Christmas cards and sign up to volunteer.) We will become great because of it.
(P.S. I procrastinated on the dishes. Just goes to show, you can't do it all.)
Photo thanks: TristanGreer