Jon Acuff is a favourite blogger of mine - probably because his was the first blog I ever read - before I knew what blogging was about! I mentioned him a little while ago when I used one of his other classic quotes, and I realized that there were a few others that I have added to my life quotes list recently.
Thinking about people who get lost in the daily grind of going to a job they don't like any more, or a job that has lost it's appeal and is sucking the life out of them slowly but surely, brings me to the next quote:
So many people I know are slaving away in jobs they don't like because they aren't able to take the risk and change direction. They slog away day in and day out building up their superannuation and retirement funds in the hope that they will be able to live their lives once they turn sixty five. It's a long time to wait before you can start really living. What if you took a step back and thought about what would make you happy now and took a leap of faith? What if you decided that forty of the best years of your life aren't worth swapping for the Promised Land of a well funded retirement?
What if we stopped at fifty (or whatever age rings a bell) and asked ourselves what was really important and started focusing our energies into that? Would the world stop turning? Would we be living under a bridge at sixty five? Would we really miss out on all that much in comparison to what we could gain? Freeing our time up for living now is an empowering idea and one that scares a lot of people. I decided to stop being scared and swap the retirement plan for a more balanced life here and now.
This quote is a little more esoteric - but still ticks a lot of boxes for me. The idea of living your life in a way that is purposeful and rewarding.....rather than living dissatisfied because you never feel that you've quite found the answer to life, the universe and everything in it. Why not decide that life is here and now and it's time to stop dreaming, or worrying, or planning, or delaying, and just get on with living the best life you possibly can? Mother Theresa said 'Yesterday is gone. Tomorrow has not yet come. We have only today. Let us begin.' She was a wise (and compassionate - and authentic) woman who lived with purpose and completely understood that today is all we have - let's not waste any more time!