We are now faced with the fact that tomorrow is today. We are confronted with the fierce urgency of now. In this unfolding conundrum of life and history there is such a thing as being too late. Procrastination is still the thief of time. Life often leaves us standing bare, naked and dejected with a lost opportunity. The “tide in the affairs of men” does not remain at the flood; it ebbs. We may cry out deperately for time to pause in her passage, but time is deaf to every plea and rushes on. Over the bleached bones and jumbled residue of numerous civilizations are written the pathetic words: “Too late.”
These are timeless thoughts that transcend context and circumstance – words that take us to The Intersection of Purpose and Now.
Friends, take time to understand your Purpose. Learn to articulate it and act On Purpose. Don’t wait for circumstance to define your course of action; don’t wait for the authority of rank to pursue your dreams. If your direction is right, others will follow your lead. Dispense with your questions of “time management”, of meaning, of direction, of what to do next and when and whether you should act on your ideas. “…there is such a thing as being too late.” Now is your time.
This is certainly one of my favorite quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King, from his “Beyond Vietnam: A Time to Break Silence” speech given on April 4, 1967.
Thank you Dr. King.