“The question for each man to settle is not what he would do if he had means, time, influence, and educational advantages, but what he will do with the things he has.” – Hamilton Wright Mabie
Insufficient means, the lack of time, the absence of influence and insufficient education are often used as scapegoats for the failure to make the most of what is at hand. The truth is, however, that such advantages only get you so far in life. Moreover, such advantages are lost on a person who has not yet learned to be creative with respect to his present resources, whatever they may be.
While it may be more comfortable to keep this thought in the abstract, thinking to yourself that “people” should be this or that, my challenge to you this morning is to look at this in very personal terms. What resources do you have at your disposal and how effective have you been at employing them creatively? Are there areas of your life where you are stalling in hopes that one day you might have more time, money, education and so on to accomplish your goals in that area?
There is always room for improvement, but to improve, you must first ask the right question.
“Many of us spend half of our time wishing for things we could have if we didn’t spend half our time wishing.” – Alexander Woollcott