August 20, 2011
"Life is a coin. You can spend it any way you wish, but you can spend it only once." Francis Bacon
I wish I was smarter.
I wish I could do better.
i wish I could turn things around.
I wish I could make something happen.
I wish things were different.
I wish I had done this.
I wish I had done that.
I wish I wish I wish...
I could make my wishes come true.
If you are like the vast majority, you spend too much time wishing and too little time doing. And it shows. Instead of getting where you want to go, you feel like you are stuck; stuck in a place you'd rather not be. Instead of making things happen, you feel like you are stuck in a rut; a rut you don't like. Instead of making a difference, you feel like you are stuck behind the proverbial eight ball. And you want out.
But rather than get busy DOING the things you want to do, the things you need to do, the things you were born to do, you keep wishing. You keep hoping. You keep wanting.
And keep doing without.
"Do not wish to be anything but what you are, and to be that perfectly." St. Frances de Sales
Wishing is easy. Wishing is effortless. Wishing is painless and undemanding. You just make a wish and you're done with it.
If wishing was the answer, the world would be a happier place. But wishing by itself isn't the answer. Now don't get me wrong. Wishing is a wonderful place to start.
Wishing allows you to see life's coming attractions. Wishing allows you to feel your successes in advance. Wishing breathes life into your dreams. But you have to do something worthwhile in order to get something worthwhile. And it's that 'doing something' that separates the doers from the pretenders.
Rather than wasting time wishing things were different, why not step up and make a difference? Instead of frittering emotional and spiritual energy worrying about what you don't have or cannot do, why not take what you do have and do something today? Instead of permitting your dreams to fade into the background, why not take charge of your life and pursue your dreams with purpose and passion?
"You are never given a wish without also being given the power to make it true. You may have to work for it, however." Richard Bach
You have incredible power; more power than you can ever imagine, more power than you could ever hope to use. You have the power to give hope, the power to heal and serve. You have the power to build people up, lift people up and help people up through your words and your action. You have the power to thrive, the power to do, the power to change the world around you.
The power to make life everything you wished it could be and more.
Instead of wishing things were better, you need to MAKE things better. And the best place to start is right where you are right now. Open your eyes. Open your heart. Open yourself up and you will discover people all around that need hope, that need faith; that need to know someone out there cares. They are looking for someone who can inspire them. They are looking for someone to stir them and steer them. They are looking for someone that can turn their lives around and get them moving in a new direction.
They are looking for you.
"We must be the change we wish to see in the world." Mahatma Gandhi
When you help others, you help yourself.
When you make others happy, you make yourself happy.
When you build others up, you lift yourself in the process.
When you focus your energy on helping others make their wishes come true, your power is multiplied a thousand times over. Your words of encouragement reverberate in the mountains. Your acts of kindness echo in the valleys. Your unselfish moments of support to those that need it most ring across the plains. You become a light, a beacon, a tower of unwavering faith and conviction. And you make the world a better place.
You have a chance to make something special happen in the lives of others you are privileged to touch daily. Just a few moments showing you care can make a world of difference in so many lives. You can make someone's life a little brighter. You can make somebody's days a little lighter. You can make so many wishes come true.
And make yours come true along the way.
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