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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?

Procrastination, Part II

Procrastinating about a difficult decision is understandable yet, regrettable. We’ve all experienced situations where problems worsened or opportunities passed us by because we waited, too long. The expression “let me sleep on it” can be a responsible approach to the decision-making process. But it can also be used as a convenient excuse for indecision.

Once the decision has been made, it is time for action. However, as personal experience will testify, this is another opportunity for procrastination. Nike understands. That’s why their battle cry is, “Just do it!”

There are three parts to any task: starting, doing, and finishing. I believe the most difficult part is getting started. After that, momentum tends to take over. Once any task is started, we often discover satisfaction in “the doing,” which increases momentum. Unfortunately it sometimes becomes necessary to rest, regroup, and refuel. Here’s the challenge — getting started again. Finishing is the second hardest part. But, isn’t finishing really about getting started as many times as necessary?

I believe the person who gets good at starting can accomplish anything. Because stopping is a necessary part of longer processes, finishing bigger tasks depends upon the ability to start more than once. Anyone who can start once can start as many times as needed to finish.

Starting

“Fear not that thy life shall come to an end, but rather fear that it shall never have a beginning.” — John Henry Cardinal Newman (1801 – 1890)

“Create a definite plan for carrying out your desire and begin at once, whether you ready or not, to put this plan into action.” — Napoleon Hill

“Genuine beginnings begin within us, even when they are brought to our attention by external opportunities.” — William Bridges

“The only joy in the world is to begin.” — Cesare Pavese (1908 – 1950)

“The beginning is always today.” — Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley (1797 – 1851)

“Progress begins with the belief that what is necessary is possible.” — Norman Cousins

“Begin — to begin is half the work, let half still remain; again begin this, and thou wilt have finished.” — Ausonius

Finishing

“There is no bigger waste of time than doing 90% of what is necessary. “ -– Thomas Sowell

“If you neglect to recharge a battery, it dies. And if you run full speed ahead without stopping for water, you lose momentum to finish the race.” — Oprah Winfrey

“It’s a job that’s never started that takes the longest to finish.” — J. R. R. Tolkien

“Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.” — Greg Anderson

There, I’m finished.

God bless,

— CC

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FORGIVENESS

Most of us harbor regrets, large or small, important or insignificant. Regrets include both things we wish we had done and things we wish we had not. These “things” come in different forms: thoughts, words, and deeds. In all cases, these regrets are mistakes we wish we could undo.

The mistakes I regret most are things I did not do, like passing up the chance to meet Rod Carew when I was 12 years old. I regret times I settled for mediocrity by not giving 100%. I regret not staying in touch with friends and family. Sometimes I regret not speaking out. Other times I regret not keeping quiet.

“Speak when you are angry and you will make the best speech you’ll ever regret.” — Laurence J. Peter

“Regret for the things we did can be tempered by time; it is regret for the things we did not do that is inconsolable.” — Sidney J. Harris

Mom used to explain to us kids that we had a little voice inside called a conscience that helped us understand the difference between right and wrong. Dad helped us “regret” those times when we ignored the voice (if you know what I mean.) Eventually I grew up and found creative new ways to cause regret.

“When one door closes another door opens; but we often look so long and so regretfully upon the closed door, that we do not see the ones which open for us.” — Alexander Graham Bell

“Life is an adventure in forgiveness.” — Norman Cousins

“Regret for wasted time is more wasted time.” — Mason Cooley

“Guard well within yourself that treasure, kindness. Know how to give without hesitation, how to lose without regret, how to acquire without meanness.” — George Sand (1804 – 1876)

Now the good news. There is a regret remedy called forgiveness. One aspect of forgiveness is that which you grant yourself for not living up to your standards, for making a mistake, for failing and for letting yourself down.

“If you haven’t forgiven yourself something, how can you forgive others?” — Dolores Huerta

“Forgiveness is almost a selfish act because of its immense benefits to the one who forgives.” — Lawana Blackwell, The Dowry of Miss Lydia Clark

“Holding on to anger, resentment and hurt only gives you tense muscles, a headache and a sore jaw from clenching your teeth. Forgiveness gives you back the laughter and the lightness in your life.” — Joan Lunden

One of the most familiar quotes on forgiveness is attributed to Alexander Pope (1688 – 1744):

“To err is human, to forgive divine.”

Then came this sequel from Franklin P. Adams (1881 – 1960):

“To err is human; to forgive, infrequent.”

Finally, in the 1980’s the following was in vogue:

“To err is human; to really foul things up requires a computer.”

Seeking forgiveness for harm caused to others is quite simple in theory — in practice it can be very difficult. The Bible offers the ultimate forgiveness model.

“Forgive us our sins, for we also forgive those who sin against us.” — Luke 11:4

“Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.” — Colossians 3:13

“Then Peter came to Him and said, ‘Lord, how often shall my brother sin against me, and I forgive him? Up to seven times?’ Jesus said to him, ’I do not say to you, up to seven times, but up to seventy times seven.’

“Therefore the kingdom of heaven is like a certain king who wanted to settle accounts with his servants. And when he had begun to settle accounts, one was brought to him who owed him ten thousand talents. But as he was not able to pay, his master commanded that he be sold, with his wife and children and all that he had, and that payment be made. The servant therefore fell down before him, saying, ‘Master, have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ Then the master of that servant was moved with compassion, released him, and forgave him the debt.

“But that servant went out and found one of his fellow servants who owed him a hundred denarii; and he laid hands on him and took him by the throat, saying, ‘Pay me what you owe!’ So his fellow servant fell down at his feet and begged him, saying, ‘Have patience with me, and I will pay you all.’ And he would not, but went and threw him into prison till he should pay the debt. So when his fellow servants saw what had been done, they were very grieved, and came and told their master all that had been done.

“Then his master, after he had called him, said to him, ‘You wicked servant! I forgave you all that debt because you begged me. Should you not also have had compassion on your fellow servant, just as I had pity on you?’ And his master was angry, and delivered him to the torturers until he should pay all that was due to him.

“So My heavenly Father also will do to you if each of you, from his heart, does not forgive his brother his trespasses.”

— Matthew 18:21-35

God Bless,

— CC

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