“I want to swim away but don’t know how
Sometimes it feels just like I’m falling in the ocean
Let the waves up take me down
Let the hurricane set in motion, yeah
Let the rain of what I feel right now, come down
Let the rain come down”—Blue October, “Into the Ocean”
“And there’s no destiny when everyone’s your enemy
Take your jealous heart and cast it into stone.
You’ll regret it all
Living behind your wall
And you’ll never fall in love
If you don’t risk it all.”—Lostprophets, “Broken Hearts, Torn Up Letters And The Story Of A Lonely Girl”
An excerpt from a spiritual book for graduates I just finished reading:
People can live their whole lives waiting for someday: someday when I graduate, someday when I get a job, someday when I get married, someday when we have kids. Someday I’ll stop waiting and start living.
Start living now. You need to fully occupy every moment - the big, obviously dramatic ones, and the small, apparently insignificant ones - every moment is precious; every one is God’s gift to you, and you must learn to live in it.This moment is all you have. Yesterday is gone, and nothing in the world can bring it back. You don’t have that. Tomorrow is not yet, and it may never come. You have this moment.
Too many of us suffer from “someday syndrome.” We put things off. We procrastinate. Procrastination is the failure to do what needs to be done when it needs to be done. So, you can procrastinate even if you’re a busy person. You know you should do it, you plan on doing it, you want to do it - you just don’t actually do it.
The biggest problem with this procrastination, this “someday syndrome,”is that it robs you of living right now. You spend your whole life obsessing about what you should have done or what you ought to do in the future. You don’t hear God’s voice in this moment; you don’t feel God’s touch in this moment. You don’t see God’s grace in this moment, and the great danger is that you will never become what God intends you to be.
Procrastinating is ultimately a sneaky, subtle way of saying "no" to God’s call on your life. You can learn to receive moments as gifts from God and live in them, but you will have to make a decision. It’s not going to come from someplace else. You will really have to be quite serious about change.
1. Stop Excusing Procrastination
Cut yourself off now from all the rationalizations and excuses that prop up your living for someday. You must say, “I’m going to take responsibility now for my time, my action, my life. I will own it. It’s not up to somebody else. this is between God and me, and I’ll need his help. The ball is in my court.”
2. Take Action
Pick one task you’ve been putting off. Divide it up into small steps - don’t do the whole thing - and do the first step today, before you go to bed tonight. Here’s what you’ll discover: Motivation follows action. If you wait to do something until you feel like it or are motivated to do it, you might wait a long time. But if you take an action step even before you feel like it, you’ll discover that you begin to get energized.
3. Ruthlessly Prioritize your Life
You’ve got to decide what matters and what doesn’t. This is a choice of the heart. Live so that your life reflects your values - so that if somebody just looks at the way you live, they will be able to discern what matters to you or not.
4. Understand that Life, Your Life, is Very Short
You were made to live forever. You will be eternally alive. but your life on this earth is very short.
Reading this really opened up my eyes about procrastination, even though I manage to get things done at the last minute. I hope this gives some serious inspiration for all of us to seriously commit to creating good habits :)
“All we want is something to take away the pain, something to make things better. Something to make us smile. We want someone to love, someone who will be there, & we want a hand to hold. Not only is that what we want, it’s what we need. After a while, you get sick of being alone, & you get sick of the pain. That’s when we need someone to love. We need someone to walk into our life, & we need them to be there for us. They have to be there, & they have to give us good times, & make us smile. They might make us sad once in a while, but as long as they usually take the pain away, that’s what matters.”—
“Watch your thoughts they become words.
Watch your words they become actions.
Watch your actions they become habits.
Watch your habits they become character.
Watch your character it becomes your destiny.”—