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"July 31, 2007
Why Not Now?
Waiting For Someday

The time we are blessed with is limited and tends to be used up all too quickly. How we utilize that time is consequently one of the most important decisions we make. Yet it is far too easy to put off until tomorrow what we are dreaming of today. The hectic pace of modern existence affords us an easy out; we shelve our aspirations so we can cope more effectively with the challenges of the present, ostensibly to have more time and leisure to realize our purpose in the future. Or we tell ourselves that we will chase our dreams someday once we have accomplished other lesser goals. In truth, it is our fear that keeps us from seeking fulfillment in the here and now—because we view failure as a possibility, our reasons for delaying our inevitable success seem sound and rational. If we ask ourselves what we are really waiting for, however, we discover that there is no truly compelling reason why we should put off the pursuit of the dreams that sustain us.

When regarded as a question, "Why not now?" drains us of our power to realize our ambitions. We are so concerned with the notion that we are somehow undeserving of happiness that we cannot see that there is much we can do in the present to begin courting it. Yet when we look decisively at our existence and state, "Why not now, indeed!" we are empowered to begin changing our lives this very moment. We procrastinate for many reasons, from a perceived lack of time to a legitimate lack of self-belief, but the truth of the matter is that there is no time like the present and no time but the present. Whatever we aim to accomplish, we will achieve it more quickly and with a greater degree of efficiency when we seize the day and make the most of the resources we have at our disposal presently.

All the joy, passion, and contentment you can envision can be yours right now, rather than in some far-flung point in time. You need only remind yourself that there is nothing standing between you and fulfillment. If you decide that today is the day you will take your destiny into your hands, you will soon discover that you hold the keys of fate.





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Date: 2007-07-31 04:04 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hollymath
we shelve our aspirations so we can cope more effectively with the challenges of the present, ostensibly to have more time and leisure to realize our purpose in the future.

It's almost eerie how often these things apply to my life. I was just thinking about this on my walk to the store today.

I really think there might end up being a long tedious LJ entry about this now.

Unless I get bored and just make dinner instead.

Date: 2007-07-31 05:13 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zammis.livejournal.com
well- dinner's not a bad idea either. Esp with bailiffy ickyness abounding.

Date: 2007-07-31 05:15 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] hollymath
Oh lord, it gets crazier all the time. We're making some little progress with that and now something even more absurd and almost as scary has come along. Yeah. Dinner. Time to play "what can I make with what's in the cupboards." :)

Date: 2007-07-31 09:03 pm (UTC)
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From: [personal profile] kinksville
Ow! *rubs forehead and says to the Universe at large* Alright already, you made your point!

Funny how when we start to actually move there's all this positive reinforcement.

Date: 2007-08-01 01:37 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] auror.livejournal.com
I find that another common excuse is "change is scary". Well, sure, it is, but if that's the only reason you're not doing something, go do it anyways. I thought the answer was to be fearless, but that's not quite right. I now embrace the fear and uncertainty of change and of doing new things, and take it with all the other glorious emotions. Fear and nervousness aren't negative, they're realistic, they tell us to use caution, but they also instantly disappear (or turn into excitement) once we have tried something new and determined that we love it.

Date: 2007-08-01 05:33 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] zammis.livejournal.com
"they also instantly disappear (or turn into excitement) once we have tried something new and determined that we love it."

Yes! that's exactly what I've been thinking. :)

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