Life Is Not A Dress Rehearsal

Charles Schulz’s comic strip, ‘Peanuts’; “Life is just too much for me. I’ve been confused from the day I was born. I think the whole trouble is that we are thrown into life too fast. We are not really prepared.”

Linus responds; “What did you want…a chance to warm up first?”

John Maxwell asserts that there is no warm up in life, no dress rehearsal, yet that is the way many people seem to be treating it. Each of us goes on stage cold, with no preparation, and we have to figure it out as we go along. That can be messy. We fail. We make mistakes. But we still need to give it our best from the very start.

He also says that time has a way of getting away from most people, yet time is what life is made of. Everything we do requires time, yet many people take it for granted. How you spend your time is more important than how you spend your money, money mistakes can be corrected but once time has passed, it is gone forever.

The law of the Rubber Band states that; Growth stops when you lose the tension between where you are and where you could be.

Many people only use a small fraction of their ability and rarely strive to reach their full potential. There is no tension to grow in their lives, little desire to stretch. So many people are willing to settle for average in their life and here are some definitions of average feel free to choose which description best suits you;

  • Average is to take up space for no purpose, to take the trip through life but never to pay the fare, to return no interest for God’s investment in you.
  • Average is the top of the bottom, the best of the worst, the bottom of the top, the worst of the best.
  • To be average is to be forgotten once you pass from this life. The successful are remembered for their contributions, the failures are remembered because they tried but the average, the silent majority is just forgotten.
  • To be average is to commit the greatest crime one can against one’s self, humanity and one’s God. The saddest epitaph is this.

Arnold Bennett; ” The real tragedy is the tragedy of the man who never in his life braces himself for his one supreme effort, who never stretches to his full capacity, never stand up to his full stature.”

We must be aware of the gap that stands between us and our potential, and let the tension of that gap motivate us to keep  striving to become better.

We only have one life to live and we might as well live it out to the fullest because we have no time to rehearse, make corrections or just be average. I want to be remembered for something remarkable, for having made a difference in my space once I am gone, I hope you do too.

I would like to conclude with this quote by Abraham Maslow; “If you plan on being anything less than you are capable of being, you will be unhappy all the days of your life.”

I am the Sparrow.


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