Midweek Musings-42

Mid Week Musings

Just Do It…

It is said that Alexander the Great, when asked how he had conquered the known world in only ten years, replied in three words, “By not delaying.” 2300 years or so later, Nike, the shoe company more or less said the same thing when it coined its slogan (again, in three words) — ‘Just Do It.’

There is something to be said about not delaying or waiting too much for ‘the perfect time’ when something needs to be done. While planning and strategising are no doubt critical to the success of a venture, and there is something to be said for good timing, more often than not, it is inertia and/or fear that keep us from seizing the day.

It is important from time to time to honestly ask ourselves, “Are we not taking next steps because we don’t have all the information we need and conditions aren’t ‘just right’, or is it because we are just being afraid (or lazy)?” Risk-aversion can be taken to an extreme, as is evident from the protagonist of this rather sad, yet funny, poem:

There was a very cautious man 

Who never laughed or played. 

He never risked, he never tried, 

He never sang or prayed. 

And when one day he passed away, 

His insurance was denied. 

For since he never really lived, 

They claimed he never really died! 

How much better to be like the person Edgar Guest talks about in his wonderful poem, “Start to Sing As You Tackle the Thing”:

Somebody said that it couldn’t be done,

But he with a chuckle replied

That “Maybe it couldn’t,” but he would be one

Who wouldn’t say so till he’d tried.

So he buckled right in with the trace of a grin

On his face. If he worried he hid it.

He started to sing, as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, & he did it.

Somebody scoffed: “Oh, you’ll never do that;

At least no one ever has done it”

But he took off his coat & he took off his hat,

And the first thing we knew he’d begun it.

With a lift of his chin & a bit of a grin,

Without any doubting or “quit it”,

He started to sing as he tackled the thing

That couldn’t be done, & he did it.

There are thousands to tell you it cannot be done.

There are thousands to prophesy failure;

There are thousands to point out to you one by one,

The dangers that wait to assail you.

But just buckle in with a bit of a grin,

Just take off your coat & go to it;

Just start in to sing as you tackle the thing

That “cannot be done,” & you’ll do it.

Have a great week!


Team Anahat