Lessons from a soap bottle — If not now, when?

I was talking with a friend of mine a couple of years ago on the subject of fitness. I was a bit overweight at the time and even though I always took the stairs at the Lexington & 63rd Street subway station, I was always badly winded by the time I reached the top. Mind you, the stairs are quite intimidating and are rather lengthy — this is probably why most people opt to take the escalator and even will stand in line for a minute to get onto the escalator rather than take the stairs.

I told him that some day I wanted to make exercise a daily thing — some day, when Chaim would be older and I would be able to make more time in the morning. He opened up a monthly calendar and started flipping through it. “I don’t see it,” he said.

“Don’t see what?”

“Some day. It’s just not in here. Some day isn’t in the calendar – so why not start today?”

The very next day, I started working out using the Focus T-25 workout series by Shaun T. Each workout was twenty-five minutes, so the only major change I made in my life to make that happen was that I woke up a bit earlier. The first day was rough going, but by the end of ten weeks it was superb.

If not now, when?

There are always reasons to put off whatever is important in your life. You will find that you can make a myriad of excuses, but none of them will ultimately get things done. How many people out there have written a novel in their lifetime? Now take that number and multiply it by quite a big number — and that is about how many people spend their entire life talking endlessly about how “some day” they would like to write a novel.

If they want to write it, they should write it. If they actually have a plot and characters, what’s stopping them from writing it?

If not now, when?


One thought on “Lessons from a soap bottle — If not now, when?

  1. Pingback: Lessons from a soap bottle — Hard Work | blog of gordon davidescu

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