Monday, March 12, 2012

Looking for a Sign?

Are you looking for a sign to finally make a change in your life?  You keep promising yourself you will start your diet tomorrow, you will quit smoking on Monday, you will start your hard core workout routine as your New Year’s resolution, or you will get a new job because your current one is making you depressed.

If you are looking for a sign to jump at you and get you started with whatever it is you want to do, it doesn’t always work that way.

My dad told me an anecdote when I was little that I remember when I look for that “sign.”

It goes something like this:

There was an old man sitting on his porch watching the rainfall. Pretty soon the water was coming over the porch and into the house. 

The old man was still sitting there when a rescue boat came and the people on board said, "You can't stay here, you will drown! You have to come with us." 

The old man replied, "No, God will save me." So the boat left.

A little while later the water was up to the second floor, and another rescue boat came, and again told the old man he had to come with them. 

The old man again replied, "God will save me." So the boat left him again. 

Soon, the water was up to the roof and a third rescue boat approached the old man, and tried to get him to come with them. 

Again the old man refused to leave stating that, "God will save him." So the boat left him again. 

Soon after, the man drowns and goes to heaven, and when he sees God he asks him, "Why didn't you save me?" 

God replied, "You dummy! I tried. I sent three boats after you!!"

I do not mean for this to be taken religiously.  Just trying to show that if you are looking for that “sign” to make a change, you might not always find it.  It doesn’t always come in the form you expect it to come. 

The “sign” for change is within your power.  If you want to do something, then do it.  You need to make time if you don’t have it.  

Motivation is what gets you started, and habit is what keeps you going.

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