Nearly everyone postpones one grand thing or a collection of mighty hopes and dreams.
Between the quote marks of our lives are phrases like these: “When
things slow down…when I finish my degree…when I get certified…as I
acquire a deeper knowledge base…when I have kids…when the kids are
grown…when I get well…when I marry…when I divorce…when I retire…when I
get that promotion, that raise, that job, that house, that whatever the
fill-in-the blank is for your specific postponing of life…”
Your Life Begins When You Do.
You may think you are postponing the longing of your soul until life
aligns itself with your vision, until elements conspire to be more
favorable...but as it happens, life just lolls along at the same
remarkable consistent and disinterested cadence. Life is impartial. YOUR
personal, subjective life (dreams, satisfactions, contentment,
achievements, vision, fullness, passion, aspirations) begins when you
From my teens into adulthood, I said, "I want to be an artist." One day I
changed the sentence to, "I am an artist." My view changed. Life
began. I looked behind me and saw that I had been accidentally living
as an artist. I had been laying down a path that was only now visible
to eyes that had begun to see. Beginning my life as an artist made my
heart's longing and the small, tentative labors of my hands-visible and
tangible. I began by opening the door and simply believing that I
could live my dream. I began living that dream by seeing that I could.
Your purpose, that thing that among the many
to-dos of your days, is what you must do. Embrace the truth of your
purpose each minute of your precious life...for how very true it is
that life begins when you do.
An Excerpt from Life Begins When You Do
by Mary Anne Radmacher