For week sixteen in our fifty week challenge we were asked to do any quote from Benjamin Franklin. If you have read this blog for any length of time you may have noticed that I am a HUGE fan of Benjamin Franklin. He was blunt, honest and provocative in how he expressed himself and in how he lived. I had these words highlighted to use in this blog, so my work for the prompt was a two-fer!
As I worked on this piece I asked myself the question, at this point in my life which one of the classes am I? Because let’s face it, at one point or another in our lives we have been all three – immovable, movable and moving. Knowing ourselves and knowing the signs of each class make it easy to identify. Wisdom and self acceptance is when we are willing to acknowledge and be okay with being where we are.
I spoke to a client today and he is definitely in the immovable class. He told me he has been having a pity party for about four months. He is down on everything in life and KNOWS that he wants it to change. He knew me well enough to know that I was going to prod him to action, even if that meant small steps. He agreed and has an assignment to complete before our next conversation. He said he was tired of having a pity party and wanted the partiers to get out of his house so he could clean it up! I see him moving to another stage quite soon.
Whether we are immovable or not, we can delude and elude ourselves for only so long. The lies we tell ourselves to make our current state comfortable only last until we wake up and realize nothing is going to change unless we move, unless we change, unless we are willing to do what it takes to make our lives better. We can play the victim forever, and after a while that even becomes comfortable…if we let it.
It takes courage to change your life. It takes energy and momentum to leave that sedentary stage behind and gear up for action. And it sometimes takes having someone else listen and not buy the lies we have been telling ourselves to get us to hear how silly we have been to thrust us back into the game. If Benjamin Franklin had let the King of England walk all over him, if he had not geared up for action, we would be driving on the other side of the road and having afternoon tea. Not that those are bad things, they are just different than how America lives today.
It’s time to get up, get moving and let that momentum build. Take Spring in hand and make some changes, stop dilly dallying and go for it. Life is too short to be immovable, so let’s get moving!