I was talking with a friend online a couple days ago. He’s been having trouble at home, and was looking for someone or something to help him out of his mess. Since I live more than 2,000 miles from him, I couldn’t be there to help him out, other than give him advice.
But the advice that came to my mind is something that has taken me a while to learn. It’s possible that someone could come along and save you from your circumstances. More than likely, though, you’ll just be sitting there, waiting, while the miserable situation you’re in continues to get worse.
As wonderful as it sounds, there isn’t going to be a knight in shining armor riding through the castle gates, slaying the dragon, and sweeping you off your feet. You can’t rely on being rescued.
So you had better do it yourself.
Sometimes the only one who can help you is yourself. You need to take that initial first step. If you don’t like something about your situation, then you need to be the one to change it.
Change your job. Try a different hobby. Stand up to that bully. Have a serious heart-to-heart with your significant other. As Mahatma Gandhi said, “be the change you wish to see in the world.”
Patience is a virtue, true. But you’re not going to change anything by sitting around waiting for something to happen. Quite often, action needs to take place in order to initiate change. So consider what’s happening and decide how to act.
Why not act now? What are you waiting for? Your future is waiting for you, so go get it.