Are you wondering where life went? Or where life is going? Join the club. No one sets out to wake up years or even decades later wondering where life went and what happened to dreams and aspirations.
As a child you dreamed and the sky was the limit. You lived a lot more in the now. But as an adult that got put on the sideline for later. Life got busy and there’s always later, right?
Do you ever find yourself saying this?I will do that when I have the time. I will do that when I have more money. I will do that, someday. I will do that when time is right. I will do that when I’m married. I will do that when I’m retired. I will do that when the kids are in college. I will do that when the weather is better. I will do that, someday.
Now replace a few words and read these out loud.I will live my life doing what matters when I have the time. I will live my life doing what matters when I have more money. I will live my life doing what matters, someday. I will live my life doing what matters when time is right. I will live my life doing what matters when I’m married. I will live my life doing what matters when I’m retired. I will live my life doing what matters when the kids are in college. I will live my life doing what matters when the weather is better. I will live my life doing what matters, someday.
Just by changing a few words do you see how those excuses no longer work?
If someone you know said: “I will live my life doing what matters, someday” you would think they are crazy. Why would anyone wait to live their life doing what matters? Yet, many do.
You’re reading this because you want something different in your life. You want change. You want to live a life doing what matters. You want to pursue your passions and dreams. So when you default to “I will do that, someday” change that to “I will life my life doing what matters, someday” Because when you do, you start realizing how silly that sounds.
It takes a little practice. It’s so easy to default to ‘someday.’ Now of course it’s impossible to do everything that day. Make a list of all the things you want to accomplish and have in your life. Put them in order of priority. Set goals. Be intentional with your time. And just get started. Small steps make giant leaps.
One of the best books out there that can help you get off the average path and help you pursue your dreams is Jon Acuff’s Start: Punch Fear in the Face, Escape Average and Do Work that Matters. It’s one of those books that not only encourages you and makes you think but it also gives you hands on instructions that helps you get going.
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Since today’s post is meant to make you think let’s round it up with another great quote.
“The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.” Chinese proverb
What is one thing you are going to start today instead of someday?
Great thoughts for a Monday! A reminder not to get too caught up in the monotony of the work week and the to do list…Thank you! P.S. the blog is looking great!
Thanks! Glad you liked the reminder and the new look. Things are still being tweaked design wise but it’s a start.
Judith Heaney says
I love the words that you’ve added in the second set of statements: I will live my life doing what matters….
Even while chasing God-sized dreams and hustling, we can still live each day doing what matters. But sometimes we forget that what matters can be the smaller efforts. The smile we offer, the kindness we give, the meal we make or share with others.
Thank you for this reminder.
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Thank you! I love your observation and reminder about that living a life that matters also involves the little things (that often becomes big things), like a smile, helping others, or lend a listening ear. So important to take the time to do that instead of saying ‘someday.’