Currently I am on a quest to determine the top ten books that have most impacted my life. One book that I am considering is The Greatest Salesman in the World, by Og Mandion. It is a little paper back that has had a huge impact on my life. A number of the most important affirmations that guide my life came from that little book. For example the following affirmation came from that book.
- How I will face each day: Today, I will act and I will act NOW. A map has never taken me anywhere, a detailed calendar has never accomplished anything for me – action was required.
In looking back over my life I feel that I can say that I have lived by this affirmation. When the chips are down I take action. Furthermore, the actions that I have taken that have had the biggest impact were the ones that others would not take. Action with no risk is simply playing; when you are in the heat of the battle and something essential is on the line and lives are at stake then you’ve become a true adult.
Being a man I guess I see things from a man’s point of view, but to all you husbands and fathers that get up every day and put your feet in your shoes and get out there and work for your families – God bless you. For my brothers on the battle field tonight, God bless you for defending us back home. For every young person that choose to follow God’s call when their peers were living carefree and shiftless lives – God bless you. For every one of you that saw a need and did something about it – God bless you.
Talk is cheap. Anybody can complain, point out faults and explain how others could do better. But champions feel a sense of responsibility and take action.
It would be nice if life was just a video game; then we could all get involved in high risk actions, for if you lose your life you can just hit the reset button. But life is not like that. In real life you only get one life. But what a shame to have been given that life and not do anything with it!?
Well there you have it…a few evening thoughts on the 364th day of my 55th year. In looking back over my life I would do a lot of things differently if I had known what I know now; but I didn’t, but at least I did something.
- “Merely looking is a grave sin when more than looking is required.” _Calvin Miller, Once Upon a Tree, page 163
- “In a moment of decision, the best thing you can do is the right thing to do. The worst thing you can do is nothing.” _Theodore Roosevelt