3.28.2008

Grey Day

Thought from Meredith Grey of Grey's Anatomy

A couple of hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with
the world the secret of his success. Never leave that till tomorrow, he said,
which you can do today. This is the man who discovered electricity. You think
more people would listen to what he had to say. I don't know why we put things
off, but if I had to guess, I'd have to say it has a lot to do with fear. Fear
of failure, fear of rejection, sometimes the fear is just of making a decision,
because what if you're wrong? What if you're making a mistake you can't undo?
The early bird catches the worm. A stitch in time saves nine. He who hesitates
is lost. We can't pretend we hadn't been told. We've all heard the proverbs,
heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time,
heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still sometimes we have to see
for ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own
lessons. We have to sweep today's possibility under tomorrow's rug until we
can't anymore. Until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin
really meant. That knowing is better than wondering, that waking is better than
sleeping, and even the biggest failure, even the worst, beat the hell out of
never trying.

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