Bird Droppings September 26, 2012
We all know the slogan just do it, but I add when?
With the issue of women’s rights in political forefront of the election and several other civil right issues as possible issues as well I referred to two very famous and wise women in history to start today. I often wonder why sexism never came up when these two powerful and very involved women’s names come up.
“I am only one, but I am still one. I cannot do everything, but still I can do something. And because I cannot do everything I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.” Helen Keller
“There are two kinds of people: those who do the work, and those who take the credit. Try to be in the first group; there is less competition there.” Indira Gandhi
As I read this morning these two statements stood out I doubt from what I have read if some of the current various political candidates in races around the country would recognize the names out of history. These two great people were tremendously influential in their time. Helen Keller was blind and deaf yet addressed world leaders and lectured throughout the world. Indira Gandhi daughter of Jawaharlal Nehru and the first woman prime minister of a leading world country. I will try and simplify their remarks, “don’t just sit there do something”. So often people sit and wait many times for someone else to do whatever needs to be done.
“Don’t wait for someone to take you under their wing. Find a good wing and climb up underneath it.” Frank C. Buraro
“Never leave that till tomorrow which you can do today.” Benjamin Franklin
Each day I see teachers and students hesitate myself included, “I can get it done tomorrow” or “I can’t do it”. In the end so often what gets done is only adequate and could have been so much better, we hesitate, we procrastinate, we accept partial over a whole, and we will take a seventy percent on a paper “its passing”. I see red when I hear that and yet I remember when I too would accept that grade and walk away happy with less work and less studying.
“Do you know what happens when you give a procrastinator a good idea? Nothing!” Donald Gardner
“There is nothing so fatal to character as half finished tasks.” David Lloyd George
Every day it takes effort to try and explain that it only takes a bit more effort a bit more energy for an A over a C. Is it human nature to seek the easy path in life I am starting to believe and really think it is becoming worse in our society?
“Don’t wait; the time will never be just right.” Napoleon Hill
“Putting off an easy thing makes it hard, and putting off a hard one makes it impossible.” George H. Lonmer
I had a student explain why it took so long for him to finish projects. He wanted to be sure it was right. I told him it was because he didn’t work at it he assured me it was seeking perfection that was his down fall. I am all about keeping data, the key to many choices in life. Yesterday my perfectionist unknowingly was observed for ten minutes. In each half of ten minutes anytime someone mention anything he would get up and walk over to see what it was or come over to me to see what I was doing. So in perfecting his work nearly two thirds of his time was getting out of doing it. I made a comment to him, “if you put that hard work from the three or four minutes out of ten you actually worked into all ten minutes you would be done in time and have plenty of time to spare”.
“How soon not now, becomes never.” Martin Luther
“Don’t wait for extraordinary circumstance to do good; try to use ordinary situations.” Charles Richter
We wait, we pause, and we hesitate, I wonder at what point in our evolutionary makeup pausing came in. I am sure it was not when running from the huge cave bears of bygone days or saber tooth tigers. Maybe with the advent of remote controls borrowing from the movie blink where Adam Sandler could stop everything else and get things done. I would think if you paused when a saber toothed tiger was chasing you it would only be once; there it had to be when remote controls came around.
“Throughout history, it has been the inaction of those who could have acted, the indifference of those who should have known better, the silence of the voice of justice when it mattered most that has made it possible for evil to triumph.” Haile Selassie
“During a very busy life I have often been asked, “How did you manage to do it all?” The answer is very simple. It is because I did everything promptly.” Richard Tangye
When it is time? When it is time to rather than putting off and often doing only a partial job to know when to the job and when not to do the job? When is it not wasting time either? Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have back those ten minutes here and there?
“The greatest amount of wasted time is the time not getting started.” Dawson Troutman
“The best labor saving device is doing it tomorrow” Source unknown
Each of us will have excuses for waiting but in the need perhaps we should put aside excuses and get the job done. Today keep all in harm’s way on your mind and in your heart and to always give thanks namaste.
Wa de (Skee)