So this morning I was contemplating why things that require any level of dedication on my part seem so out of reach for me; like starting a fitness plan, eating more healthy food, simply drinking more water, doing art every day. I’m always thinking about starting a new ‘way’ or a new ‘plan’, etc., etc., etc., but can never quite get anything going long term.
I can read about it, can talk about it till the cows come home and can plan like nobody’s business – to do something – but that’s as far as it usually goes.
I can never quite seem to accomplish what it is I want to do.
And this really bugs me.
And then…less than two minutes later, I open my daily ‘positive quote of the day‘ email and read this…
The life that conquers is the life that moves with a steady resolution and persistence toward a predetermined goal. Those who succeed are those who have thoroughly learned the immense importance of plan in life, and the tragic brevity of time. – – WJ Davison
Ok, I know a sign when I see one. The universe is knocking – hello, is anybody home??
The quote sounds reasonable enough.
I’m a planner so this should be a no-brainer for me.
So I’m reading and re-reading the quote trying to distill the answer from it; surely it’s in there, hidden somewhere in between the words, like a golden ticket just waiting to be found. The universe wouldn’t go to all that trouble for me unless it was vitally important for me to get this message, right? I should pay attention. And, btw, isn’t it my duty – to the universe, after all? (I read that somewhere.)
I’m pretty sure the key to unlock this mystery is in the sentence…”Those who succeed…” but even though I’ve read it like a thousand times now, the answer still eludes me…’those who have thoroughly learned the immense importance of plan in life, and the tragic brevity of time‘?? Surely we’re talking about me here.
Who writes this stuff? If you’re going to write important stuff to share with the world shouldn’t you at least include some instructions – a couple of steps to follow possibly??
How does a planner like me not get the importance of planning? And if I’ve said, ‘wow, time is really flying by‘ once, I’ve said it like a million times – and just in this year alone. Ask anybody who knows me; this whole time-flying-phenomenon is seriously freaking me out. I get the sound of my heart beating confused with the sound of a ticking clock all the time.
So I understand the importance of planning; and I understand the whole time-thing completely. I get it.
So why don’t I get it?