Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Better Late than Never



Everyone has heard the saying, "Better Late Than Never." Most people associate it with a form of an excuse. Sometimes it's used to say, “at least you got it”. There's a lot more to it than that. There are times in our lives when we can’t get to do the things we want to, when we want to. As soon as the time schedule we had decided is interrupted, it creates an opportunity for fear, doubt and lack of follow through, to creep in. Yesterday, I was unable to write my daily dumbbell. By the time I was going to bed, I felt doubt and accompanying excuses, creeping in. They said things like, “what’s the point, nobody reads it anyway or nobody’s going to miss one day, I'll just start again tomorrow”. When I realized what was happening, I pushed those thoughts aside and reminded myself of my commitment. If I allowed those thoughts to take over, I would open up the door for excuses. It would start off with one day that I miss and before long, it would be two or three. By the end of a few months, It may stop completely. That’s not even the worst of it. As time passes, I will know that I failed to do something I set out to do and it will eat at me subconsciously. The only way I could prevent this from happening is to follow through with my original commitment. This isn't the first time something like this has happened to me and I am sure it won't be the last. During these times, I have also stumbled across a very interesting consequence of forcing myself to follow through with my commitments. It has made me really consider, to what and for how long I will commit to something. Whatever it is that you are doing and or going to do, consider the commitment first and then keep it going. It doesn’t have to be perfect every time, it just has to be there, all the time. Don’t let fears and doubts win over your determination and confidence. Always remember it’s better late than never.

Note to my wife: Better late than never, does not mean doing laundry at 1:00AM

1 comment:

Mary L. said...

Good to know that I'm not the only one doing laundry at 1:am. (I AM literally doing laundry right now.)