Let me introduce you to Bob. His full name is Bob T. Cat, and this is what he does a good portion of the morning. He sits in the window sill, watches, and waits. He’s waiting for that perfect moment to come along when he can finally pounce on the squirrel that taunts him from the palm tree outside. He’s been doing this for years. His ears will go back, his tail will twitch, he will crouch in the pouncing position, and then do absolutely nothing. Why?
The perfect moment does not exist.
I said it.
You may be thinking, “That’s not it at all. Obviously, he does not pounce because the window is in his way.” Partially, that may be true. But I’ve seen this maneuver from him in other situations – get ready, get set, and….walk away. Hmmmm….
We are not all that different from Bob T. Cat. We spend so much time thinking “when I get a promotion/graduate/lose 40 pounds/color my hair/get a better car…” or any other event or acquisition that you can use to fill in this blank, that will be the perfect moment. Then we can make our move. However, we never actually DO anything in the interim. We are waiting for that magical moment to make the birds sing and make our lives oh so much better.
Sorry, kids. It ain’t gonna happen for you.
Why? Because the perfect moment does not exist.
There will be moments, but never the perfect one. We just need to take our moment and DO something. Anything that will move you in a positive direction. We can’t just sit back and wait for the moment to come to us; we have to go out and get it.
So today, take your moment, and take a single step in a positive direction. Or take several steps, or a giant leap if that is what you need to do. I’m not saying to do anything drastic like quitting your job, selling your belongings, and moving to the South Pole. What I am saying is if indeed you want something better, if you want to make positive changes, then do something about that, and do something about that today. Don’t wait for the “when I’s” to happen, because they may not. And then what will you do?
One step. That is all.
Because the courage is not in finishing the race, but taking the first step.
Right here. Right now. In this moment.