When I have a new pair of shoes, I will start running.
Once I know just a little bit more, I will write an article about it.
I want to wear that nice new dress, but ought to wait for a special occasion.
Once I start waking up earlier, I can meditate.
When inspiration strikes, I will create a new recipe.
I don’t know about you, but I am guilty of waiting for the right moment before starting a project, exercising, writing, wearing something special, practicing meditation, etc. This list is endless if we let it be. The problem for “waiting for the perfect moment” is that it will never come. There is no such thing as a perfect moment, and our egos are just playing tricks on us. Yes, we will do that, but we need this first. Do we though, really?
“Ego says, ‘Once everything falls into place, I’ll feel peace. Spirit says, ‘Find your peace, and then everything will fall into place.” ~Marianne Williamson
We must stop imagining our life as we wish it to be, and start living it now as we know it to be. This idea that there is some ideal moment, place, thing for us somewhere in the distant future that we must reach is a fallacy. The only time that matters, is right now. So how are you going to live it? What are you going to do now that will support your desire to be your best?
I always knew, unconsciously, this was something I did. I am a perfectionist in this way, and wait for the right moment before acting. But it wasn’t until recently when I came across the Enneagram Personality Types, that this became evident.
If you have never heard of this, I strongly suggest looking into it. Once you discover your personality type, it will reveal things about you, good and bad, that you may or may not have even realized. Or maybe you did, but you never really wanted to bring them to light. The Enneagram Institute brings it to light, and it is so enlightening.
Part of my personality waits before acting. I have a hard time making a decision because I want things to work out exactly as I have imagined them. The problem with living in your imagination is it is just that; imaginary. Not real. What is real is right here, flaws and all. So take what you have and run with it.
All we can do is work with what we have. We can love our current circumstances, appreciate everything there is to offer right in front of us, and start living our dreams. If we don’t, we will be ever in a perpetual hamster wheel of wanting something, but not feeling ready enough to go get it.
I still struggle with this, every day. But I am working on it. And I want to write about it, even though I am not a master at it yet because isn’t that the point? To do what we are passionate about, and help others do the same even though we are not perfect and “ready” to do so?
So today I invite you to do something you’ve been wanting to do, but have put off because it wasn’t time yet. Whether it is creating that recipe you have been thinking about for weeks, or wearing those new jeans you’ve been waiting for the right day to show off. No matter what it is, just do it. In the end, I’ll bet we all will feel much better, more accomplished and ready to take on the world.