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Urgency, a force we feel, but cannot see, surrounds us at home, at work and at play.  Like a trusted friend, Urgency calls us to action.  When we respond, our friend becomes our partner as evidenced in the phrase, “act with Urgency.”

Urgency’s nickname is ASAP.  Unfortunately, not everyone likes ASAP.  So, they taunt Urgency with their own nickname, WIGART, which is short for “When I get a round tuit.”   I guess they confuse Urgency with their fair-weather friend, Procrastination.  The truth is, we would all be more productive if we spent more time hanging with ASAP, our true friend, and stopped seeing WIGART altogether.

“You don’t have to see the top of the staircase to take the first step.”
– Martin Luther King, Jr.

“The future is literally in our hands to mold as we like.
But we cannot wait until tomorrow.
Tomorrow is now.”

– Eleanor Roosevelt

“In any moment of decision the best thing you can do is the right thing,
the next best thing
is the wrong thing
and the worst thing you can do is nothing.

– Theodore Roosevelt

“There are risks and costs to action.
But they are far less than the long-range risks
of comfortable inaction.”
– John F. Kennedy

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment
before starting to improve the world.”
– Anne Frank

“I’d rather attempt to do something great and fail
than to attempt to do nothing and succeed.”
– Robert Schuller

 “A wise person does at once, what a fool does at last.
Both do the same thing;
only at different times.”
– Baltasar Gracian

“He who hesitates is poor.”
– Mel Brooks

“You are younger today than you will ever be again.
Make use of it
for the sake of tomorrow.”
– Norman Cousins

“You can’t build a reputation on what you are going to do.”
– Henry Ford

“The day will happen whether or not you get up.”
– John Ciardi

“A year from now you will wish you had started today.”
– Karen Lamb

Think of urgency this way.  If you believed there was buried treasure in your backyard, how much time would pass before you started digging?  What treasures are buried in your backyard?  Why not just grab a shovel and find out?  Is there really any good reasons to wait?

On Purpose

Because we usually go through the day on automatic pilot, its easy to lose track of the reason we do certain things. For example, today I got out of bed, like I do every day. Was this accidental or did I do it on purpose? What was the purpose? I decided to do the mental exercise of listing some of the things I did and the reason(s) behind them.

Action or Thought Purpose
Got out of bed Things to do that are more important than lying in bed.
Ate food Quench my hunger; give me energy; keep me healthy.
Read the Bible Feed my mind; calibrate my attitude.
Showered It’s healthful; to avoid offending others.
Went to a business meeting Make a sale.
Studied & took an online test Improve my mind.
Went to bed Recharge my batteries (sleeping feels good!)

I began to recognize that in each case, these purposes were not the total answer. Each was based on a more foundational purpose. For example, the “things more important than lying in bed” included making a living to help take care of my family. But, that still did not fully satisfy my mental exercise. There was an even deeper purpose at stake. Why should anyone consider caring for his family as a worthwhile purpose? Well, for moral reasons, of course. The next logical question was, “Where do morals come from?” It goes even deeper, but that’s enough for now.

I also thought back on how well I executed the tasks with respect to the intended purpose. Did eating quench my hunger and give me energy? Yes. Did it promote good health? Here I can do better. I humbly admit that I ate too much and did not eat a well-balanced meal.

What is the purpose guiding your life. Is it to be happy and/or to make others happy? Could it be that your purpose is to make a difference in the world? Maybe your purpose is simply to avoid doing harm to others? If so, are you missing an even larger purpose? Unless we are a cosmic accident, we were put here for a special purpose ordained by a creator. Could that creator be God? I hope you enjoy the quotes and are inspired to reflect on your purpose.

“Everyone has a purpose in life. Perhaps yours is watching television.” — David Letterman

“The purposes of a man’s heart are deep waters, but a man of understanding draws them out.” — Bible, Proverbs 20:5

“The purpose of life is to live it, to taste experience to the utmost, to reach out eagerly and without fear for newer and richer experience.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“The secret of success is constancy of purpose.” — Benjamin Disraeli

“To forget one’s purpose is the commonest form of stupidity.” — Friedrich Nietzsche

“Many persons have the wrong idea of what constitutes true happiness. It is not attained through self-gratification but through fidelity to a worthy purpose.” — Helen Keller

“Any ideas, plan, or purpose may be placed in the mind through repetition of thought.” — Napoleon Hill

“Unless a life is activated by sustained purpose it can become a depressingly haphazard affair.” — Richard Guggenheimer

“Providence has nothing good or high in store for one who does not resolutely aim at something high or good. A purpose is the eternal condition of success.” — T. T. Munger

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” — Bible, Proverbs 19:21

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” — Bible, Romans 8:28

By the way, for those of you who think you know me pretty well, try and guess my favorite quote on purpose.

God bless,

— CC

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An Attitude Parable

When comparing two people of similarly disadvantaged backgrounds, why is it that one remains mired in misery and the other rises above it? Likewise, when comparing two people each starting out with great abundance, why is it that one rises to even greater heights and one ends up broke? The answer is found in the choices they make: choices in response to opportunity, choices in response to adversity; and the choices made in daily living. These begin with choosing an attitude. Jim Rohn calls these choices, setting the sail.

“What guides us to different destinations in life is determined by the way we have chosen to set our sail. The way that each of us thinks makes the major difference in where each of us arrives. The major difference is the set of the sail. The same circumstances happen to us all. We have disappointments and challenges. We all have reversals and those moments when, in spite of our best plans and efforts, things just seem to fall apart.…In the final analysis, it is not what happens that determines the quality of our lives, it is what we choose to do when we have struggled to set the sail and then discover, after all of our efforts, that the wind has changed directions.”

The wisdom found in this metaphor is not new nor is it a closely guarded secret. Here are more examples:

“We choose what attitudes we have right now. And it’s a continuing choice.” — John C. Maxwell

“The last of the human freedoms is to choose one’s attitudes.” — Victor Frankl

“You and I are essentially infinite choice-makers. In every moment of our existence, we are in that field of all possibilities where we have access to an infinity of choices.” — Deepak Chopr

“Circumstances do not make the man; they merely reveal him to himself.” — Epictetus

“One’s philosophy is not best expressed in words; it is expressed in the choices one makes. In the long run, we shape our lives and we shape ourselves. The process never ends until we die. And the choices we make are ultimately our own responsibility.” — Eleanor Roosevelt

“Destiny is no matter of chance. It is a matter of choice: It is not a thing to be waited for, it is a thing to be achieved.” — William Jennings Bryan

“There’s a need for accepting responsibility – for a person’s life and making choices that are not just ones for immediate short-term comfort.” — Buzz Aldrin

“It matters not what a person is born, but (whom) they choose to be.” — J. K. Rowling

“Thus, and not otherwise, the world was made. Either something or nothing must depend on individual choices.” — C.S. Lewis

So, if one’s destiny is truly a choice why do so many people settle for mediocre lives? That’s the $64,000 question. While pondering that, I’ll leave you with an inspiring parable about attitude.

There once was a woman who was undergoing chemotherapy. She
woke up one morning, looked in the mirror and noticed she had only
three hairs on her head.
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“Well,” she said, “I think I’ll braid my hair today.” So, she did and she
had a wonderful day.
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The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and saw that she had
only two hairs on her head.
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“Hmmmmmmmm, ” she said, “I think I’ll part my hair down the middle
today.” So she did and she had a grand day.
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The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that she
had only one hair on her head.
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“Well,” she said, “Today I’m going to wear my hair in a pony tail.” So,
she did and she had a fun, fun day.
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The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror and noticed that there
wasn’t a single hair on her head.
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“Hooray!” she exclaimed, “I don’t have to fix my hair today!”
(source: Internet)

God bless,

— CC

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