Contingency | Blessings Predicated on Action
BY: T. Franklin Murphy | January 2018
We can dream; hope enlivens and motivates. But success requires action--correct action.
We desire great things. We should. A motivated person can achieve much. The world is full. In our chasing of dreams, we must consider the laws involved. Just wanting is not enough. We can want so bad that we ache; but unless we respect the laws underlying the desires our wants will serve no purpose, leaving us sensing lack and depressed.
Rules prevail. Some rules are natural laws, others socially invented. Both most be respected and obeyed (most of the time). If I want to be a doctor, I must obey the social rules of education to be hired. If I want to be a sports star, I must practice, seek professional training, and play on competitive teams. Rules natural and social must be recognized, honored and obeyed.
Requirements sting the lazy dreamer. We float on unsubstantiated fantasies. Thoughts give an escape from the anxieties of the moment. Life will be all better soon. But we fail to do move forward satisfying the smaller and unheralded contingencies. Building skills, investing resources, and working through failures doesn’t immediately reward—often costlier than simply drifting. The great successes in life repeatedly demand the same things—courage, patience, skill, and self-discipline.
A future vision driving present action is necessary. We need more than a fancy imagination while we are sitting comfortably on the couch. The contingencies are points of action. They stand as centuries at the gate, blocking entry to lackadaisical action. We must research, delving into the intricacies of success, attending to actions in the moment. Success comes to the bull-headed pursuer, undeterred by setbacks; but wise in action, seeking advice, insights and support.
The riches of the world are for dreamers—the dreamers that wisely work, doing the right things, at the right times. We must keep the dreams alive, imagining the joys of fulfillment, letting the excitement drive work. If we never cross the line, moving from ideas to reality, we stall in the head—an apathetic dreamer. Learn the contingencies that your dreams are predicated upon and move forward one small step at a time.