It was fall 2008. I was in my last year of college with big dreams of making a difference in the world…but just—later in life. After my business sold. After my first million. After I retired. After…
It was at this time that I randomly met a girl on a campus bench; I had never seen her before nor since. We talked about changing the world and I shared with her my plans to do so later in life.
Then she asked me a simple question: “Why not now?”
My mindset was forever changed.
As a result of that interaction, five students and I started Courage to Hope to help victims of domestic violence in Ukraine. Thousands of assisted individuals, hundreds of volunteers and 6 years later…we still aren’t waiting. Now, I don’t say that to hold myself up, but rather as an expression of thanks to that divine piece of advice given by an angelic stranger.
This last week was a tough one.
My precious little 14-year old cousin ran away. After a massive hunt, she was found lying in a dried up canal by her father…she didn’t make it through the cold night.
Losing someone so close to me has created a resurgence of responsibility—responsibility to live up to my potential this moment.
In different words and with a deeply Christian backdrop, I quote a leader of the LDS church, Dallin H Oaks, “If we knew we would meet the Lord tomorrow—through our premature death or through His unexpected coming—what would we do today? What confessions would we make? What practices would we discontinue? What accounts would we settle? What forgivenesses would we extend? What testimonies would we bear?
“If we would do those things then, why not now?” (read the whole talk here)
Why NOT now?
Recently, I asked a friend what he would do if he had a billion dollars. He said he would start a company. I was floored. “You do realize,” I asked, “that it takes like $25 bucks to do that?”
He had always just figured that he had to wait.
And neither do we.
Why not start that company now?
Why not ask forgiveness of a friend now?
Why not write that book now?
Why not ask that girl out now?
For me, usually, it is for one of two reasons:
- I am afraid.
- I am confined.
BREAK DOWN THAT FEAR! Realize that you can succeed and realize that you don’t have to do something just because other people before you did it a certain way.
So let’s stop pretending that the wise wait while the foolish fall. Poppycock!
No, let’s not wait any more.
Now is the time to do good in the world.
Now is the time to say thank you.
Now is the time to pick up that pen.
Now is the time to stop waiting.
Now is the time to reach out to that one person before they run away.
So what in the world are we waiting for? The world is already waiting for us.
No really though..like this very moment. Before your next click. Before you exit this page. Before you move on to your next task.
Remember… now is your potential.