We all learn and appreciate and applaud important messages we read and hear. But do they change our lives? Do we change our behaviors because a message really hits home with us? For some, yes. For others, no. Something I read tonight made me think how important it is to act when we see or hear and truly understand a message. I read someone’s Facebook post, not the place you’d necessarily expect to find wisdom, but there it was, a message from an actor:
“Don’t wait for tomorrow.”
The message was clear because of its context. The writer (Mandy Patinkin) revealed that his father had talked about taking a special trip when the kids were grown. His father died a few years shy of the kids being grown. He didn’t act; he waited too long.
Patinkin had other important things to say:
“My sense of religion is Einstein’s sense of relativity. I don’t believe in God. I believe that energy never dies. So the possibility exists that you might be breathing in some other form of Moses or Buddha or Muhammad or Bobby Kennedy or Roosevelt or Martin Luther King or Jesus.”
I admire people who can put into simple words concepts so important, so powerful, so life-changing, that they bring tears to my eyes.
Don’t wait. Do it now. Don’t wait for God to give you a sign; the sign is all around you!