Speech Project #2:
Do you wonder? A man is able to passionately dwell to a certain course in his life. He could even decide to focus on various fields one at a time. One man says, “See the world, how lovely, how momentous to be able to capture these wonderful creations for long. “ He has this wish to preserve a glimpse of angles and plains so he worked on it by learning the art of painting. A woman found passion in helping others on their health condition so she pursued studying medicine. This young little lady and that ordinary boy stood on the stage, faced the audience, and held judges in awe. And became a star and versatile singer. A couple enjoyed bargaining and found pleasure in marketing products and services, eventually decided to be a full time business man and woman. A teacher and a mother took time to finish her book while catching up with her responsibility as a parent, became an award winning writer after sending her work to the public readers. They all worked hard to it and believed that there’s a place for their dreams. Like them, we also have dreams to be in the place we longed. We may have achieved a dream; but you can’t just stop there because surprisingly you are still looking for something greater.
You can say these are my dreams but you know it’s just the beginning. We don’t want wishes, for it is merely uttering words, leaving without a speck of decision and change in you. Stopping there and doing nothing would only lead you to a state of complacency and mediocrity. Have you ever noticed there are people who are still at the same place as they were five years ago? They have the same dreams, the same problems, the same alibis, the same opportunities, and the same way of thinking. They are not moving forward in life. It is because they forgot to take the next step.
Being idle and getting stuck in one place prevents you from discovering your God-given potential and purpose. A person tends to lose his or her confidence and faith because growth and learning is slow and limited or even nothing at all. Sometimes, the reason why others stay at the same place is because of fear of the unknown. One chooses to stay because where they are lays their comfort zone. Everyone around them is familiar and there is no need to go on a major change. But giving in to this fear can only lead to more frustrations and what if’s. However, the good thing is wherever you are, you may be putting things tomorrow, failed to work on it for long, or thinking how to reach another goal is exactly the place to start.
You already have been given what you need to achieve a better environment and future. Don’t find yourself saying if only I had this…if only things were different…if only I had more money…then I can do what I am supposed to do. People constantly overstate the things they don’t have.
Never let yourself think what you can’t do to keep you from doing what you can do. “Prolonged idleness, paralyzed initiative, for to the hesitant mind everything is impossible because it seems so”, as what John Mason said in his book. Do not wait for special circumstances to act, use ordinary situations. We don’t need more strength, ability or more opportunity. Use what you have. Everyone must row with the oars they have been given.
John Burroughs said it well, “The lure of the distant and the difficult is deceptive. The great opportunity is where you are.” What you have now is the influence you have for your future. No one can be happy until he has learned to enjoy what he has and not worry over what he doesn’t have. True greatness consists of being great in little things. Don’t grumble because you don’t have what you want. Instead, focus on what you have and you will learn how to excel from where you are.
Let me ask you, what is your greatest dream? What made you think that it’s what you wanted to pursue in your lifetime? I remember my friend said, “You will know what the Lord shape you to be. He will show it through the things you wanted to do and that desire will shape you as you chase your dream.” If you know where God is leading you then do something.
I was one of those who waited for anything to be ideal. I did not see that no one ever made a success by first waiting until all the conditions were just right. It’s a waste of time to think what I don’t have. Instead, I’ll be spending my time in the task immersed before me, knowing that the right performance of this hour’s duties will be the perfect preparation for the years to follow.