It was just a few weeks ago that I happened upon a child's list of things to do. On the top, she had written (and underlined) Whensday. On each line she had written a different activity. Some of the items were chores that were assigned to her. Most were things that she just wanted to do that day. It was the "When"sday that I couldn't get out of my mind.
Between then and now I have been to Georgia, Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota and Iowa. I have seen and done a lot of things. Still today, I ponder "Whensday." We all have claimed our share of Whensdays. I will do that particular thing when I have more money. I will go to that particular place when I have more time. I will meet some of those new people when I lose weight. We go about our lives with the routine that we have grown accustomed to. Our jobs, the demands of a family, our recreational activities or our times of worship may all be scheduled and often leave time for little else.
That one little list made me think of what I have put off waiting for just the right opportunity. A great example is the trip we just took to Georgia. We kept saying we would go. We kept saying we would save the money to go. We kept waiting for all of our schedules to match. The result? It has been 13 years since our whole family has gone and 7 years since my husband has been. Now, the aunt that raised him that is so near and dear to his heart, is 86 years old and in a special unit for Alzheimers' patients. So our question was… what are we waiting for? How many regrets will we have if we don't get there before she can't remember us or before something happens to her? We determined we would use our income tax refund to go and we were so grateful that we did. Not only did she remember my husband but we had a wonderful time with the rest of his family. We came home trying to figure out how we had let it turn into 13 years! It was not a convenient time for me to go and our oldest daughter was not able to go at all. In hindsight, however, I am so glad I didn't miss it!
One of the definitions of 'luck' is, "When preparation meets opportunity." That's another Whensday! What hobby do you love? What skill are you honing? What is it you are waiting for just the right time to learn, develop or market? Our lives are full of Whensdays. I am getting ready to stop making excuses and start proclaiming that some of my whens are now!
How about you? I encourage you to follow your heart and to pay attention to what you know is the right thing or the right time, even if it does not seem convenient. Let's take advantage of the nows, walk through the open doors and pursue what we love!