Monday, January 04, 2010

Thinking About Your Readers

Exercise Four:
Thinking About Your Readers
Draft a poem or letter addressed to yoru fellow citizens in which you share one idea for making the world a better place.

Dear Slackers:
Life is not a solo project. He who hesitates is lost.

Those two statements have served as mantras for me for years. My father used to say the later often. It was a reminder to me that while I might be able to accomplish much, I have to get off my duff to do that. The former reminds me that I have to take the initiative, but without support from family and friends, I won't get very far.

That's not to say that I haven't done things that haven't been popular with family and friends, but with knowledge and communication, getting support is straightforward and necessary.

Find your passions and do what you have to do to fulfill those passions. I often hear people tell me that they are living vicariously through me and that angers and saddens me. I am not doing anything that can't be done by others. I certainly haven't cornered the market on possibilities. But hesitating will not get you to the end of the project. Hesitating will not allow you to follow your dreams. Hesitation is the tablespoon of reluctance needed to make the procrastination pie.

Once you discover one passion you may find you have others. Pursue them. Never stop and never forget that you are not a product of your activities and actions alone. You are a product of your environment, good and bad. Learn from mistakes and then vow not to repeat them. Learn from the mistakes of others. Learn.

And grow.


1 comment:

Michael said...

Great stuff! Glad to hear from you again. Best wishes for the New Year!