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A-Z of Midlife: U is for Urgency

January 27, 2010

Ah, mañana, mañana, mañana. I’ve always found the whole concept really quite appealing…  conjuring up images of laid-back people moseying along quite happily, day dreaming in the sun… not doing today, what they can put off until ‘tomorrow’ or ‘later’.

But who am I kidding…  isn’t it really just a seductive word for something which is actually much less attractive – namely, plain old, time sapping procrastination? To be fair, we don’t do it intentionally… we don’t mean to procrastinate… it’s just that, well, we’re so busy with the busy-ness of living, that we end up silently filing things away in our mañana drawer… not thinking for a moment that we won’t do them EVER, just not NOW…. but certainly one day, when the time is right.

Trouble is, as we know to our cost, mañana never comes because mañana doesn’t have two essential elements – a deadline and a sense of urgency.  All of which brings me, albeit in a roundabout way, to ‘U’ because U is for Urgency.   

Midlife is that time in life when we turn a metaphoric corner and see the finishing post, for probably the very first time.  A deadline.  Yes, a deadline with its own, very real, gut-wrenching sense of urgency.  Suddenly, ‘time’ is….slipping by….running out… and the clock is ticking.  Along with this, comes the stark realization that if we don’t open our mañana boxes NOW, those dreams we’ve silently filed away over the years, will remain just that….. dreams.  If this all sounds a tad depressing, fear not, because Urgency comes to our rescue in the nick of time…. our very own Mr. Motivator!

Urgency is the catalyst we need to get off our backsides and actually DO the things we’ve been thinking about doing for such a l-o-n-g time.  Urgency brings power, purpose, focus and intensity to cut through years of procrastination and provides the impetus to DO IT NOW…. before it really is, too late!

I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.
Leonardo da Vinci

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