Monday, 29 October 2012
What are you waiting for....?
Sadly, tomorrow never comes, it stays eternally out of our reach by a mere 24 hours. And so it is that we enter the waiting game, the train station of life, always waiting for a train that never comes and we are forever stuck on the platform. And so all that happens is that the train of yesterday gets filled with another wasted today. That train in fact is so full of past todays that it has been retired from service, it stands in the junkyard gathering unfullfilled dreams and missed opportunities.
Why is it that we are always waiting, waiting, waiting.....? What is it that we are waiting for? Are we waiting for some or other sign? A bright neon sign that flashes ahead saying "It's NOW the right time to pursue your dream"? Are we waiting for an insurance agent to come along with a thick wad of papers to assure us that what I want to do has been guaranteed to be successful, it comes with absolutely no risk? Am I maybe waiting to be miraculously endowed with extraordinary bravery? Or could it be that I am waiting for somebody to come along and give me permission to do it, or some form of encouragement and incentive? Maybe I am waiting for that mythical knight on a white horse to sweep me off to the land of fairytales and perfect moments.
Whatever it is that we are waiting for, let me shatter that illusion once and for all. None of these wonderful things are ever going to happen. Neon signs, or any other sign for that matter, have all been reserved by Hollywood for their Feel-Good movies, no guarantees exist that will give you the peace of mind you are hoping for. Nobody is going to come along to give me permission, encouragement or any incentive, because they themselves are waiting for it. As for knights on white horses, well, it is more likely that the Easter bunny will come hopping by.
The truth we have to face is that all of the above things that we are waiting for are only excuses we hide behind. The true reasons why we don't step off the platform onto Today's train is much more simple. It is our own fear, self-doubt, insecurities and comfort zones. Years ago I was testifying to somebody about the Lord and encouraged her to turn to Him, to which she replied that she wanted to first get her life in order. Needless to say, that was also an excuse, an unwillingness on her part because it entailed change. It is because of these things that we fall into the trap of procrastination and we get stuck in never-land, there where my whole life is on hold because I am waiting, waiting, waiting........
There is a story I remember hearing as a child. It is the story of a group of hikers that came across a skeleton in a cave. Near the skeleton they found a journal. In it the person wrote : "It is now a week since I have fallen down this shaft. My ankle is feeling better, but I am at the end of my supplies, my water is finished and I am on the last match, soon the darkness will overpower me. I have tried in vain to climb back up the shaft. The cave seems endless and I am too afraid to venture far lest somebody comes to the shaft and I fail to answer them when they call......." The irony is that these hikers did not enter the cave through the shaft, but an obscured entrance at ground level, sixty meters from where they found the skeleton. Fear have kept the backpacker from rescue.
Whatever it is that keeps you from going forward, be willing to set it aside, only you can take action. It is your life and only you can live it. Once you take that step, you will find your path, your actions will determine your destiny. However, be sure of this, not taking action will also determine your destiny, but with it will certainly come the regrets of life and opportunities wasted.
Now is the time to take that step, get on the train of that relationship you've been afraid to commit to or end, that new job you've wanted to apply for, that trip you've been meaning to take, the dream you've had for as long as you can remember, the club you've been wanting to join. Go on, what are you waiting for.......
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