When Thought Is Not Enough…
Some of us are prone to thought. We think and mull over; we wonder and reflect. Our contemplation of what could’ve, should’ve or would’ve become ends in themselves. But no matter how much our obsequious minds slice, dice and turn over, we must admit a daunting fact: there are times when thought is not enough.
Thought is never an end in itself. No, it’s much more. It’s a gateway, a gateway to an impending world waiting to happen. The world of make-believe lives in it, but the world of reality lives in it through action, for what is reality, but thought acted upon (see Take Action and Achieve Happiness…)?
Irish author Iris Murdoch (1919-1999) aptly said that “We live in a fantasy world, a world of illusion. The great task in life is to find reality.”
Ah, but to find reality, that then is the great endeavor!
Thought is the beginning, where fantasy spins and illusion dances. It’s from the topsy-turvy world of dreams and ambitions thence reality springs! It’s from the manifold of desire that we risk life and limb to embrace the power to act, the power to transform abstract meanings and concepts into their physical equivalents in a world of reality.
In December, 1903 the Wright brothers made their famed voyage in Kitty Hawk, North Carolina when they flew the world’s first successful airplane. For thousands of years prior, the thought of flight embedded itself on the minds of the human race, but to realize it, to act upon it, that was an entirely different matter. Yes, some tried and some died, but for the vast majority flight was just another thought. And yet little more than forty years after that early December day of Orville’s and Wilbur’s flight the jet-age began, and it wasn’t long thereafter that transcontinental jetliners filled the skies. A new world had arrived and a new reality had been realized!
How then do we turn thought into reality in our own lives? How do we fulfill those dreams and aspirations that we long to realize within our imagination? If the thought is the spark, then the act is the fire, but without initiative, there can be no fire. Where others fail to initiate, we must plan and prepare. Action without thought can be perilous, with it, it can be miraculous.
Our habit to thought must entail a habit to act, and this starts with the smallest of things. If upon waking in the morning we think of making our bed and fail to do so, what good was it? Better we hadn’t even thought about it, sparing us the frustration knowing we’ve already failed to complete our first task of the day! Achieve the small deeds and the big ones follow, for big deeds are but composed of small actions.
So the next time we find ourselves in thought, thinking, pondering and dreaming, remember that it alone can never yield what life can offer. A first and necessary step it is, but on its own it’s never enough. For thought without action is nothing but a lost opportunity, and lost opportunities only do one thing well: they make for a regretful life…
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