Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Life can be summed up as time...

I think one’s feelings waste themselves on words, they ought all to be distilled into actions which bring results - Florence Nightingale

I love Florence Nightingale’s way of thinking! Too much of life is wasted in that place between ‘feelings’ and actions called procrastination. Procrastination is a place where too many people live… they procrastinate about jobs, home moves, investments, symptoms of illness and more often than not, in relationships… 

Procrastination is the thief of time”. This statement is all the more powerful when we consider that life is essentially made up of time…every second, every minute, every hour, every day, every week, every month, every year we spend, angry and refusing to forgive, hurting and refusing to ask for help, in love and refusing to admit it or commit, in denial and refusing to admit the truth of our situation…all that time is not just time procrastinated…but life lost…once the time passes, we can never have it back or re-live those moments… If we go through life not addressing the issues that need to be addressed, not forgiving where we have been wronged, not apologising when we were wrong, not stepping out and trying something new, not giving a chance to those things that are just outside your comfort zone or not opening your heart to love for fear of rejection, we may find that we come to the end of our lives and look back and realise that it was not just opportunities we lost along the way, but life itself!

Sometimes it is as if we are so paralysed with fear at the prospect of failure or rejection that we choose not to do anything, unwittingly choosing not to live… Consider the number of opportunities that you have passed up because you were afraid to take a chance and be wrong or get hurt? Consider the number of relationships you have lost along the way because you refused to forgive, to try and in some cases you would not even dare to introduce yourself… Sometimes we write people off without giving them a chance or allow bad relationships to prolong when we know that the best thing to do is walk away but we don’t because it is easier therefore more comfortable to maintain the status quo… 

When did we get afraid of living? Children are an excellent example of how to live! They are unafraid and will try anything. Children make friends easily because they are uninhibited and not worried about what others think about them. They are unrestrained in their inner dreamer and have the greatest ideas about what they want to do and who they want to be and they are not afraid to declare it or indeed have a go at becoming it (though usually through playing acting doctors and pilots etc). Children never seem to hold grudges and make up really quickly so they waste no playing time. We could really learn so much from children when it comes to living without fear or any other such inhibitions and enjoying life fully by acting on our ‘positive’ feelings, putting away fear and rejection and living every minute as if it were your last…

Procrastinate To put off doing something, especially out of habitual carelessness or laziness; To postpone or delay needlessly. []  

Fear A state or condition marked by this feeling: (living in fear); A feeling of disquiet or apprehension (a fear of looking foolish); A reason for dread or apprehension (Being alone is my greatest fear) []        

Rejection The act of rejecting or the state of being rejected. Something rejected. []

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