I want to sing with all my might a lifelong song,
Even if some notes come out right and some come out wrong,
‘Cause I can’t take none of that through the door,
I’m living for more than just a funeral,
I want to burn brighter than the dawn
“Live It Well” by Switchfoot
I was driving home from taking my mom to a doctor’s office visit when the Switchfoot song quoted above started playing. Maybe it was the disappointing health news we received from her doctor, or the fact that my sister and I are in the process of moving her to an assisted living facility, but the spirit of the song really struck me. As you can tell from the verse above, it is about living your life to the fullest. As I listened to it over and over one fact impressed itself upon me:
There is no time to waste.
Whether you look at it from a mystical, quantam physics or anecdotal perspective, you have no time to waste. The days may feel long, but the years are short and tomorrow and the day after are coming faster than you think. What do you want them to look like? Are you content to float along hoping for the magic lottery ticket, the perfect partner or the ideal time to learn to how to cook, or are you ready to decide right now what tomorrow will look like?
Once you make a decision, the universe conspires to make it happen.
Ralph Waldo Emerson
Am I willing to decide, is a question you need to ask yourself. What is a decision you have been avoiding in the hope it will be made for you? Are you waiting to commit to daily exercise because work is too busy right now? Or will you start eating healthier when you spouse stops ordering pizza? Maybe you can’t decide because you’re afraid. If that’s the case, you’re on the right track. When you truly decide to move forward the stakes will be higher, you will feel a rush of energy (call it fear, call it excitement, call it whatever you want) and you will put action behind the decision.
It's clear we need to make conscious decisions. Start with one decision you have been putting off and write it out. Writing it out will make it tangible and will help you decide to do it, or not to do it. Just get the cursed indecision off your shoulders! This is not about adding an item to your to-do list, but it is about deciding what you desire in your life.
Got your decision? Next, feel the emotions, which emerge and take action anyway.
Don’t die with your music still in you.
Dr. Wayne Dyer