You Don’t Have A Shot
You hear it all of the time.
“You’ve only got one shot!”
And if you miss this one shot, your life is over and the hopes and dreams you’ve always secretly longed for, will never be yours. Too bad. Now you’re going to have a miserable life and you will never be happy.
This overwhelming feeling of only having ‘one shot’ has led to more hesitation, fear, and anxiety than any other phrase we’ve ever heard.
Here is the deal.
In my 43 years on this Earth, I’ve learned one of the most important things that ANYONE could ever learn in their life, and it is this:
Bring your mind into the NOW.
Not the past where all of the bad things happened to you (this is a topic for another article), or to the future where you’re worried about what is going to happen, but the NOW, the ONLY thing we really ever have.
It is in the NOW where we see that we don’t only have one shot, we have 86,400 shots each and every day.
In every moment, we have another chance to change ourselves, to take action, to achieve something that we never thought was possible, or to finally be happy with who we are.
The problem is, many of us miss the NOW.
“When you do something noble and beautiful and nobody noticed, do not be sad. For the sun every morning is a beautiful spectacle and yet most of the audience still sleeps.” – John Lennon
We’re too caught up with distractions that offer false happiness and security, and keep us moving further away from who we are. This could be work that you hate, accumulating more material possessions, or even determining your own self-worth by how many people like your selfie on Facebook.
The reality is that who you are is someone who is unique, amazing, and you have something to give to the world.
A single act of kindness for a complete stranger or finally focusing on your passion as a gift to others – these are all good places to start.
“Most men lead lives of quiet desperation and go to the grave with the song still in them.” – Henry David Thoreau
Yes, you have more than one chance, but there is a time where you actually have to take one of them.
Don’t go to your grave with a song still in your heart.
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By Smitty on July 4th, 2015
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