The Question

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


6 thoughts on “The Question

  1. Such a pertinent consideration. What will I do with the things that I do have? What resources do I have at my disposal and how effective am I at employing them creatively?
    It is good to acknowledge that everything for productive living is at hand now. It makes me think of the simplicity of the choices I make in every moment with an eye on what it will take to move forward in living an effective and generative life.


  2. Vincent

    All of these tired old excuses have been proven as fallacies time and time again by those who would not be bound by them. the fact is that what we have available, exactly as it is, is the ONLY way to fulfillment and creative acheivement. To accept the configurations of the present actively, not passively or in a resigned way, opens the only available door to greater things!


  3. Coco

    My grandmother ALWAYS would say “if wishes were horses beggars would ride”. It made an impression. I appreciate the suggestion. What can I do with what I have to keep this moving onward and upward?


  4. Colin

    I think that this is a very important question to not only answer once and forget about it, but to make into a habit that you constantly answer in life. This is definitely something that I can improve upon, and I will take the time today to take an inventory and see where I can make things better. Thanks!


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