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SFH #191: Don't Postpone
A Monday mantra about taking meaningful action in life 🙌
Today, I want to talk about taking action for a healthier life. I'm not talking about going out and starting a new healthy habit or interrupting an unhealthy one—this is really about the idea that waiting and inaction in and of itself can cause dis-ease and be an obstacle to a healthier existence.
For the longest time, I saw my willingness to take quick, decisive activity as impulsivity and lack of patience. And truthfully, there are times I feel like my quick decisions come back to bite. Moving down to Miami stirred up a lot of issues from the time we decided to come down in June to getting here at the end of July. An expedited move without the benefit of more time to plan created issues with movers, the timing of landing in a new home, and several more logistical hiccups. All that said, I don't regret the process. It was yet another opportunity to learn. There is undoubtedly a vital balance between taking action and being patient in the process of the call to action. I continually work on that balance. Patience is a skill I continue to hone, especially with modern life. I have everything at my fingertips. Every movie, piece of music, material item to buy, and the great heap of content that seems neverending.
Lately, I've reflected on how I've tripped up on taking meaningful action in recent years—pushing a decision or a difficult conversation down the line. I've lamented and examined previous choices and avoided more significant moments of truth for the less frightening filler. Opting to watch a funny clip, buy a pair of shoes, or fall into the rabbit hole of fluff.
As I unpacked these patterns, I came to realize that we are only postponing the inevitable. Life continues no matter what. That's inertia. We can choose to be victims of our existence and forward movement or choose a more consequential pathway for our lives. And that is why tonight, I say don't postpone.
Don't avoid what calls you. Don't avoid your true self and genuine desire, even if it feels scary. The scariest thing that will happen is our death (IMHO); we might as well face all our fears on the way head-on so that we may welcome the end in peace and satisfaction.