August 27, 2003.
Thunder is impressive, but it is lightning that does the work.
Thunder or lightning, which best describes the manner in which you approach life? Are you mostly known for making a lot of noise, like a loud clap of thunder or for making things happen, like the powerful bolt of lightning that streaks from the sky above?
No doubt about it, the earsplitting crack of thunder that powerfully rolls across the plains can make you sit up and take notice. Yet the roar of thunder, impressive as it sounds, is really nothing but a lot of noise. And while people can hear the rumble loud and clear for miles around, the thunder is soon over and done with. Unfortunately, far too many of us closely resemble the thunder making a lot of noise and not much more.
Then there are others who are more like a bolt of lightning, allowing their actions to do the talking. Rather than talk a good game, they much prefer to show people what they can do. They silently swoop in out of nowhere, without a lot of fanfare or commotion, and leave a lasting impression for everyone to see.
The reason lightning doesn't strike twice in the same place is that the same place isn't there the second time.
Which would you prefer to be a noisy clap of THUNDER or the highly effective bolt of L-I-G-H-T-N-I-N-G? Simply put, would you rather make a lot of noise or make things happen instead? Hopefully, given the choice, youd choose the later; wouldnt you? Well, Ive got some great news for you. You do have a choice and better yet, you get the opportunity to make it daily.
Instead of talking about what you are going to do, why not start making your dreams come alive by getting busy DOING IT? After all, the time you needlessly waste woofing and yapping about what youre going to do is time that could be better spent doing something. And as is always the case, something is a whole lot better than nothing.
Inside each of us resides an amazing, magnificent force that cannot be denied; an electrically charged reservoir of energy so powerful that it can turn our lives around if given the chance. Yet we too often throttle this dynamic source of enthusiasm and excitement by talking when we need to be doing, hesitating when we need to be acting. By refusing to allow this bottled up lightning to get to the outside where its needed the most, we unnecessarily lead a life of doing without.
Bring in the bottled lightning, a clean tumbler, and a corkscrew.
The great news is that by looking within, we can stop doing without and best of all, we can start the process of living our lives the way we long to live them right now. This bottled lightning we hold within is waiting for the opportunity to strike and help shape our destiny on earth.
As Charles Dickens suggested, we need to break out the corkscrew and without another moment of hesitation, simply uncork our bottled lightning once and for all. Then, after all of those years spent waiting and wishing, we can finally start doing, having and being all of the things we have silently dreamed about. But youd better hold on tight. When you finally turn your lightning loose and let it strike at will you will uncover more great times and exciting adventures than you ever imagined was possible. And who says lightning cannot strike twice?
By getting out there and making things happen every day, you'll be amazed at how often lightning can strike in your life. Heres wishing you a super sensational day.
The Bottom Line: When you stop talking and start doing, lightning will strike again and again.
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