I saw this quote on Facebook and it was connected to an article that Mark Hayes wrote about what he learned about success from homeless people. You can read the article HERE. It was a fantastic article and I really am inspired from the project that he is putting together.
Not only did his article teach me many valuable lessons but so did my initial connection to this quote. With the new school year set to start as we have a couple of teacher days coming up tomorrow and Thursday and then we start with our students next Tuesday, September 8; I do think about the fresh start that I have with my job that not only comes at the start of the school year, but also the start of each of our trimesters too. It’s a good place to start for sure. There are always challenges, things are never perfect and there always seems to be issues going on at the start of every school year. But that is the same as there is in life.
Mark is right, now is indeed as good a place as any to start. Start what? Anything you have to do as this covers little things or big things. There are things that I put off over and over again and at times it gets me down. I feel like what’s the point, I haven’t done it for so long and I have survived, why do it now as there are other more “important” things to get done and that I would rather do. I need to reallocate my time that I spend throughout the day, week, month, etc. There are plenty of time wasting things that I do, far too often, that I know play a very large part as to me getting down about things that I have to get done.
It really doesn’t matter when we start something just that we start. Of course as I tell my students and kids all the time, the sooner you start the better. That advice goes for all of us, especially me and especially for those of us that are older. There is more of a sense of urgency that has to be addressed as we get older quite simply because we are running out of time. We have all seen too many examples of how short life is and that we really don’t know how much more time we have.
So as we start off into fall and some of us go back to school, there is no time like the present to start things we have to do. The circumstances may not be perfect but we just have to get started. It may be the simplest step, but the best time is now for that step. I’m stepping out right now doing something I have to get done. How about you?