“Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.”
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe
Good Monday morning to you, friends! Are you experiencing joy today? If not, the day is young!
Have you ever had the joy of witnessing the “rebirth” of someone? Perhaps it was a spiritual experience, when someone lived a new commitment to their faith. Or perhaps it was an emotional rebirth, as someone climbed from the depth of a negative experience. Most common is the physical experience of rebirth. A couch potato becomes a 5K’er. A heart attack victim becomes a daily walker. A lifelong smoker kicks the habit. You’ve seen some version of this movie. What do all “rebirths” have in common?
A friend of mine has long struggled with weight and health issues, even as a young man. We would frequently meet for lunch and I would hear the tale of woe. This pattern went on for years. One day, much to my surprise, he began to exercise. I wondered if it would last, but last it did. Week after week he exercised and slowly but surely his weight and health improved. He was, simply put, reborn. What happened?
What happened to my friend, as it does with all “rebirth” cases, is something tipped him from thought to action. Often we believe if we simply store up sufficient thought, plans, dreams, expectations, etc. that some kind of momentum or landslide will produce action in us. It never works. The “something that tips” thought to action is choice. All rebirths begin with a choice to act. The day one chooses to act is often one of the best days of life. Why do we wait so long?
I’m sure you, like me, have something steady on your mind, something appealing to you, something that haunts you, taunts you, and teases you. I don’t know what holds you back from action, but I do know the difference choice can make. Make the choice to act today. Give some time to doing today. Stop planning, stop thinking, stop everything that isn’t action and do something about it today, and then tomorrow and the next day and the next. And before you know it you, too, will be reborn and someone will tell the story of the reborn you! I can’t wait to hear your story! Have a wonderful week!