Complacency Can Kill You
March 7, 2007 2:45pm CST
More and more people these days are complacent about life. They have no passion. They may get excited about something briefly but after a short time, they have forgotten all about it. No wonder there are so many divorces and parents who abandon their children. No one seems to have any consistency or stick-to-it in their character. This morning I got an email from a woman who is planning to go on a hike in the Rockies in Colorado in June on behalf of the Discover A Cure program designed to raise funds for Leukemia research. I had recently created a design to put on t-shirts, buttons, etc. to help them raise funds for what they are doing. I had told her that someone bought two items and she wanted to know what percentage of the profits I would be donating since I told her I would. I explained that I would donate once I made the cost of the site itself, which is only $14. However, I would have to sell several items to get to that point since I had set my profit margin low to keep the cost of the items down. What really got to me, though, is that she was expecting me to raise her funds for her basically. I did the design but getting people to buy the items and resell them is her responsibility. I think that's the way so many people are these days. They want someone else to jump in and do the work instead of getting off their butts and doing it themselves. Let me clue all of you in: the rest of us aren't here to make your life easy! I work hard for everything I get and I'm more than willing to pull my weight and to help someone in need but they have to do their part. I have enough since to know that if I don't get up and do for myself, no one else is going to do it. It's one thing for someone who is mentally disabled and challenged to need long term help but I've seen a lot of people who are challenged who are less willing to be taken care of than people who have all of their physical and mental capabilities. Come on, people! If you can walk and talk and move and have a brain, then you can get off your duff and get passionate about your own life enough to make a difference. The problem is that many of you are sitting around feeling sorry for yourselves instead of thinking about someone else. Find something that brings out your passion and go after it! Find a cause or a goal to accomplish. And, stick with it until you've seen it through. If things look bad, keep in mind that circumstances are temporary and subject to change! Just don't waste your life being complacent. If you have a spouse and/or children, put them first. Think about their needs and if you don't know what they are, here's a clever idea, ask them! Please just don't sit around letting life go by. You only get one life and you are responsible for how it turns out if you just sit around and do nothing. Make an effort to have something to look back on when you get old. Don't waste another day or another minute feeling sorry for yourself or letting a dream slip by. Go after what you really want!