What day is it?
I spent a lot of my life in a religious environment. This post is not about religion.
*If you want you can skip down to the next section: ‘What day is it?’*
However I do recall an evangelistic event from my youth that had a catchy slogan (most of them did).
If you want some background on this I will spare you the details but if you’re familiar with the Reverend (pastor) Lovejoy or Ned Flanders from the Simpsons series you’ll understand where I’m coming from. Every evangelistic campaign geared at recruiting new gospel converts and reassuring old ones needed a pithy quote or saying. A hook as they say in the music writing business.
My late father was all-in on these things as well as the message itself. It’s no surprise that I too became immersed, or baptized, if you will in the same. Alright no more on my fundamental-istic religious background.
This one slogan, which we wore on lapel pins – most likely Bible stickers and pennants as well, simply said “Perhaps Today”. The reference of course being to the Second Coming or the beginning of the apocalypse, etc, etc.
What day is it?
You might be reading this on Monday evening or a quiet Sunday afternoon. You might be reading it on Thursday while waiting on an appointment. Whatever actual day you’re reading this it will almost certainly qualify to be called “today”!
And this my friend ( follower, associate, new convert or whatever) is the point of my blog post.
There will never be another today quite like today. Here too, if I am preaching at all, I am preaching to myself.
To say or think to oneself “perhaps today” it will happen, when I’m ready of course. Perhaps when all my stars line up or I get a sign from heaven to take the plunge. It does not work that way.
I had a friend/ co-worker/ fellow artist who passed away 10 years ago from a very swift progressing disease. Once while visiting him in the hospital he remarked, as I showed him a new piece I’d been working on,…well he said “if only one had the time.”
Today is the right time. If you’re starting a business, doing something on the side, learning a new recipe, picking up that musical instrument, then today-NOW is the accepted time.
The biggest mistake we all make is to wait until we think we are perfectly ready. Like there’ll come a time when it just all feels right. I’m not talking about big risks here. You don’t need to kneel before the bank manager to give you a million bucks to get started ( well , yes, there are some cases that that does apply). You need to have faith in yourself to step out and do it today.
Maybe you’re Youtube videos look like crap right now especially compared to the James Cameron-esque quality channels that are out there. Maybe your logo isn’t quite right or , or , or….What are you waiting for? Put that ad on fb as it is. Go for it! Hallelujah and Amen ! Take the plunge!
Stay on the Straight and Narrow.
Watch out for diversions! Your brain will give you a thousand other options than to commit today. Damn thing is they’ll be a hell-uva good options too. Your brain is trying to protect you. Everything from your evolutionary ancestors telling you to avoid that moving tall grass on the savanna to your Mom telling you to wear a helmet while on your tricycle. All good advice, of course, although when it comes to stepping out on your plans to reach a goal this subconscious voice will also try to protect you from social embarrassment.
Perseverance of the Paints
Recently listened to an interview with singer and performer Kristin Chenoweth. She talked a lot about mental health and learning from millennials that it’s okay and also recommended to look after one’s own health.
Like so many interviews we’ve all heard the, “ya got to keep going, keep moving…”, mantra to quote Kristin. Perseverance is key. When things seem to be against you is just when you might want to push just a little more.
Without taking the wind out of our sails it is important to stress that mental health is imperative.
We each know ourselves best. In the end you must decide how far you want to take your goals at the risk of making your own life miserable. However, like one old pastor once said , faith is something that must be exercised. Believing in yourself takes courage. It’s well and fine to do this in small increments as you journey through this life.
But don’t put it off. Start Today!
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