What are you waiting for?

by Jody Simpson, PhD (comments: 0)

Dear Abby was a syndicated column which was popular in many newspapers throughout my childhood and young adulthood.  It consisted of common sense answers to everyday problems.  I read Dear Abby faithfully.  There was one question and reply which changed my outlook on life.  It was many years ago, so forgive my paraphrase.  The writer posed the problem something like:  “Dear Abby, I’m 30 years old and I want to go to medical school, but it will take 10 years to complete and I won’t begin my career as a doctor until I am 40.  Is that too late to start a new career?”  As was always her common sense approach, Abby simply replied, “How old will you be in 10 years if you don’t go to medical school?”

Abby’s reply wasn’t a judgement to support the writer’s apparent limiting belief that age 40 is too old to start a new career.  She simply made the point that time marches on, at the same pace, regardless of what we choose to do with our time.  All of us have the same 24 hours in each day.  How often have you considered making a life goal but you were drawn back by the limiting belief that it will take too long to reach the goal?  What are you doing with your 24 hours to help you achieve your dream?

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