What Are You Waiting For?
Psychologist William Moulton Marsten surveyed 3,000 people and asked them, "What have you to live for?" Ninety-four percent were simply enduring the present and waiting for "something" to happen -- their children to grow up, next year, until they could afford a trip, someone to die. Most of them were waiting for tomorrow, forgetting that all one ever has is today, since yesterday is gone and "tomorrow" never comes.
The sad thing about this survey is spelled out in one word -- "waste." What an incredible waste of time, talent, ability and potential! I wonder what it would take to inspire these people to do something with the today, which they have? Unfortunately, the survey did not reveal what walk(s) of life the 3,000 people came from. As a group, they had little or no hope and did not feel they had the ability to make things happen instead of waiting for things to happen.
One of those immutable laws says that a body at rest will tend to remain at rest until and unless it is acted upon by some force. That force can be internal or external. If we wait for the external, it might never happen. That's the reason we need to "take the bull by the horns," seize the moment, develop a plan of action, decide what we want out of life and pursue that plan until something of a positive nature happens.
Interestingly enough, even if we fail to accomplish the objectives we set, we will be infinitely better off in the seeking than we can possibly be in the waiting.
I encourage you to break the "waiting" habit, if you have one, and I'll see you at the top!
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