Now is the Time (aka Do It Now)
Broken Crowns, delayed dreams, and lost time. Can you recover?
In my career as a financial adviser I frequently explain to my clients, particularly younger individuals, the time value of money. I’m not going to get into the specifics here because you would probably start to snooze and quit reading halfway through. The end message, however, is to not put off investing in yourself today because you think you’ll be in a better spot sometime in the mysterious future. Investing in yourself now, as much as you possibly can, will pay big dividends no matter what that mysterious future may hold.
BUT…. this isn’t an article about investing. This is an article about life. Here’s my daily confession, “I have been a hypocrite.” Yes, I admit it. For all of my decades of talk about do it now, plan for the future; don’t put off doing something until it’s too late; I have woefully fallen short of taking that advice unto myself.
BUT… this article isn’t about me, other than to say I understand, I’m with you, I’ve been there.
Many novels deal with dysfunctional relationships, horrific situations, abuse, and interactions both healthy and unhealthy between men and women. Let’s face it, “Jack and Jill went up the hill… and had a lovely picnic and went home,” never would have become a loved nursery rhyme without the broken crown. And THAT’S what this article is about.
Broken Crowns, lost dreams, and most importantly… lost time.
In the words of Apollo Creed, “There is no tomorrow!” Trust me when I say, whoever wrote that line into the movie with the emphasis on anger attempting to make Rocky understand, was dead on. I’ve seen clients pass away weeks after retirement, after a life of saving and drudgery, never making it on that trip to Europe they promised themselves. I’ve seen people put off going to the doctor in hopes of feeling better only to find out, “Had you come in earlier, we could have caught it. But in this late stage all we can do is extend and pray.”
I’ve seen people stay in unhealthy relationships in the belief things will get better until it’s so late in the game that living unhappily seems like the only choice remaining. Anything else would just take too much effort.
You know what I have never witnessed, however? Someone that ended up happy because the put off what they wanted and needed for a later date. I wish I could point to even one. It would help to justify the systemic, “put-off, for now,” attitude that I see everywhere I look. Even religion seems to tell us to put off our happiness, our desires, or physical needs for a later date because good things will come to us in heaven. Wouldn’t it be nice if someone from heaven could pop back down, and do a reality TV show about their experience? I think that would help immeasurably.
I’ve had to learn from many many mistakes. Here’s hoping you save yourself some heartache by having a look at some of the tools provided below. I like to include these types of things not only because some of the referrals pay me a small dividend to help me fund my writing (learn more or just avoid the green links), but because everyone learns in differing ways. Do you find that you absorb ideas better through reading? Images? Quotes? Stories? Poetry? Video? Song lyrics? Books and articles by “real” experts? Here’s a selection to get you started. I wish you well.
The Seven Habits of Highly Successful People
The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success
– article on “The law of pure potentiality”
The Eternal Now
The Power of Now
A New Earth
Awaken the Giant Within
also on same page: an interactive Marriage Resource Guide with many additional great books and free articles.
Broken Crowns by Mumford and Sons
– video and lyrics
– on Amazon digital music
– article on the song’s possible meanings
– Game of Thrones edit – video done well!
Broken Together by Casting Crowns
– video and lyrics
– at Amazon digital music
And a bit of science video to round it out! The Eternal Now Explained by Physics, Not Religion
We found the poem below on this great website. They called it a Manvotional . . . how cool is that?
You can also find the quote collage and individuals on my Pinterest page. Feel free to share ’em around!