It doesn’t seem like “perfect days” happen much for the majority of us. We’re all stressed and strapped for time and just trying to figure out how to make it all work. One minute you think you’ve gained a new perspective on what’s important in life, and the next minute you’re grumbling under your breath about the bad service you received at the drive-thru. What in the world is our problem? No really? What IS the problem?
We all get sucked into a selfish circle of “me and mine,” but more than what we’re focusing on, it’s more important to look at what we’re NOT. The legendary runner, Steve Prefontaine, has a famous quote that I will someday have tattooed somewhere on my body, but until then, I’ll share it with you today: “To give anything less than your best is to sacrifice your gift.”
Wow. Let that sink in for a minute.
I’ve been really trying to practice grace, especially when I find myself feeling anything but graceful and while that’s all fine and dandy, I’m still sitting around thinking about me. What I need to do is get off my ass and get to work. There are people out there who need our help and lives to be changed, and while I don’t always know what I can do for someone, I damn sure can’t do it sitting around feeling sorry for myself. Our lives are complicated but so is the person’s standing next to you and the next person after that…So what can you do to leave this place a little better than when you found it? I cannot answer that. What I can say is this: get it together. Don’t sit around and wait for the perfect opportunity to make a change. Let me break the news to you gently, there is no perfect time, so instead just try to make peace and make a move. Something. Anything. Just find your gift and get to work. We’re all here for a reason, so figure out what that is and go do what you were born to do.