My father used to say, “If wishes were horses, beggars would ride them”. I don’t know where he heard those words of wisdom but I was reminded of them again today..
Today I interpret my father’ words as, “simply wishing things could be different is a waste time and spiritual energy”. Instead of complaining we don’t have what we want, our energy is better utilized when we pursue alternate methods to find what will make us happier.
Wishing things were different doesn’t change much of anything, action initiates change. If we truly want things to be different, then it’s necessary for us to use our physical, mental and spiritual energy to change our behaviors. If we continue to do the same old things, guess what, nothing changes, if nothing changes.
Most of us expend a lot of energy every day doing the same things over and over. We fall into habits, good and bad, and the result is we live life like a machine, performing the same tasks in the same ways every day. We can look at what we’re doing and say, Yes I’m doing fine, thank you. I like what I’m doing. It’s easy.” But if there are any unfulfilled dreams in our lives, then it’s very obvious that some sort of change in our behavior is necessary. Rarely do our dreams fall into our lap, we have to work for them. Changing the way we act and think is the only way we can bring about change in our lives.
The choice is ours. If nothing changes, nothing changes. Change takes courage. Change takes practice. Practice makes progress. Progress is good.