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The Hour Of Decision
Time Is Running Out
Hi friends. Welcome to the YouTopian Journey. Today’s issue discusses the hour of decision and why you must make a choice.
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“Something that is not done at that time and at that place will remain unfinished for a lifetime.”-Yamamoto Tsunetomo
The time for action has arrived.
You cannot delay.
You cannot make excuses.
As you make plans for life, life goes on.
This is a truth that few want to acknowledge.
We are all killing it, crushing it, living our best lives.
But are we really?
Lost in virtual worlds. Scrolling through social media. Putting in nights and weekends at jobs we hate. Sticking with a relationship that has become toxic. Watching hundreds of channels of television. On and on.
Is this what the definition of a best life is?
Wasting away while avoiding the call to do more and be more?
It is nearly summer in 2023.
What do you have to show for it?
What is your proudest accomplishment so far?
If you have made progress, any progress, no matter how small, then you are in the minority and should be proud of yourself.
But the majority? The majority have become stuck. So stuck.
Stuck with bad habits.
Stuck with bad company.
Stuck in bad circumstances.
Stuck with a poor mindset.
Stuck with excuses, with envy, with hate.
Yet we lack the courage to become unstuck.
We are captives in a game that cannot be won, in a system that is rigged.
And we eagerly play this game every day. Until the days become months and the months become years. Wasting away among the drama, evading our own genius while silencing the inner call.
Until time runs out.
This is foolish!
Our time is limited. Resources such as money and energy can ebb and flow, but time? Time remains the great equalizer to each and every one of us. By lacking the courage to focus on yourself, to act, you are essentially robbing yourself of your future.
And this is something that when lost, can never be found again.
“There exists no more repulsive and desolate creature in the world than the man who has evaded his genius and who now looks furtively to left and right, behind him and all about him. He is wholly exterior, without kernel, a tattered, painted bag of clothes.”-Friedrich Nietzsche, Untimely Meditations
Understand that if you ignore the inner call, if you refuse to take action, if you evade your genius, and if you continue to delay, you not only rob yourself, but you rob society.
You rob society of the person you can become.
You rob your friends and family of the inspiration and motivation that they truly need.
You rob society of the book, the company, the speech, the piece of art, the inspiration, or the position that could truly enhance all of us.
All of this can be avoided.
With a choice to take action.
With the courage to become unstuck.
To boldly cut ourselves from the treacle of life and to move forward. To take on challenges. To fail, but get back up. To become unstuck and free.
The time is now.
The hour of decision is upon us.
The choice to face your mortality and to take back your time while there is still time.
“In a world where death is the hunter, my friend, there is no time for regrets or doubts. There is only time for decisions.”-Carlos Castaneda, Journey to Ixtlan
THERE IS NO TOMORROW
“The fact, and only the fact, that we are mortal, that our lives are finite, that our time is restricted and our possibilities limited, this fact is what makes it meaningful to do something, to exploit a possibility and make it become a reality, to fulfill it.”-Viktor Frankl, Yes to Life: In Spite of Everything
People always put off what can be done today.
I will do it later.
Any future date is far easier than the present moment. These excuses are as old as our species.
"You will hear many people saying: ‘When I am fifty I shall retire into leisure; when I am sixty I shall give up public duties.’ And what guarantee do you have of a longer life? Who will allow your course to proceed as you arrange it? Aren’t you ashamed to keep for yourself just the remnants of your life, and to devote to wisdom only that time which cannot be spent on any business? How late it is to begin really to live just when life must end! How stupid to forget our mortality, and put off sensible plans to our fiftieth and sixtieth years, aiming to begin life from a point at which few have arrived!"-Seneca, On the Shortness of Life
We must stop postponing our futures. We must become unstuck and act in the present moment.
But what action? What must we do? What can we do?
Anything that moves you toward your goals.
Anything that moves you at all.
Reach for a book and it could become a destiny book, one that alters the course of your life.
Wander around and bump into something or someone that inspires you.
Discover a problem and fall in love with it.
Become obsessed with something that causes you to step outside of your comfort zone.
Big things have small beginnings. What you do today could have a rippling effect that changes you for the years to come.
But you must take action. You can no longer remain idle.
Sure, something amazing could happen to you while you keep your head down, spending your hours swiping away. But this is to wait for fortune and life needs every moment. You cannot remain on the sidelines, rotting away.
Most people make this mistake. They spend years rotting and hoping. By the time it occurs to them to make a change, it is too late. Their energy is sapped. Their resources are exhausted. Their willpower is nonexistent.
Don’t let this happen to you.
There is no better time than the present.
Don’t talk yourself out of it.
You may have past failures, we all do.
Your education may be lacking, but you can still learn.
You have no reputation or expertise, but you can begin fresh.
You have only ideas, now is the time to put them to paper.
Use your time. Make the right decision.
Let these decisions lead you on the path that is your own unique life.
Act now and you will be better for it.
“An hour sometimes restores us the sum of many years losses.”-Publius Syrus