Monday, April 1, 2013

What are you doing today?

Artist Hugh MacLeod of blogged back in February: "'Live each day as if it were your last, for one day it will be.' Though Mar­cus Aure­lius’ Third-Century advice sounds terri­fic, it’s pro­bably the har­dest piece of advice in the world to follow." and demonstrated that idea with the funeral scene from Robert Altman’s 1992 movie “The Pla­yer” in which the last words of a murdered screenw­ri­ter are read. It's memorable and tragic because the writer was unsuc­cess­ful and his last words are mundane. Intoxicated by Possibilities art
We're all "intoxicated by possibility" but most days we hesitate to be the change we'd need to become to actually venture into our most yearned-for reality.

We think we aren't ready. We think we're not perfect enough. We're waiting for inspiration. We're waiting for something else to happen first. We're worried what friends and family would think. We don't want to look like a fool. We need a plan. (One that's fool-proof.) (Even for the ineptitude level we feel.) So we wait. We study and think. We plan and design. We draft and redraft. We rethink and we study some more.

And if we keep doing that, one day we end up 70-something, with a triple bypass and a stroke and we're consigned to therapy without any medical professional really hoping we'll regain our full potential. If we aren't like Jill Bolte Taylor and we give up on that day, we'll never know what we could have been.

In fact, if we give up today, if we postpone change just one more day, chances are we'll never know what we could have been.

So the challenge for each of us today, every today, is to be the person we yearn to become. If we practice that every day, sooner rather than never, we will become all we imagine we can be. And then, we'll have the opportunity to become even more, to fullfill unimagined possibilities of our infinite potential.

Wouldn't that be a good thing to do today?
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1 comment:

Anonymous said...

This piece is so honestly written..only recently have I made the effort to take that first step without reservation or forthought to take on a project that seemingly had no benefit to my well being but to help another. It has at it's inception changed my life and created purpose..something that was leaving me unful-filled and empty..soooo make that move for yourself and YOU will see for yourself the wisdom of Kae's