What we’re gonna do right here is go back… Way back… Back into time!
Ok, ok… Not THAT way back. I’m talking about the summer of 1995. When TLC sounded the alarm about chasing “Waterfalls”. Montell Jordan showed everyone that “This Is How We Do It”. Michael Jackson serenaded us with a sweet reminder that “You Are Not Alone”.
And one Antoine Roundtree, more familiarly known as the one-hit wonder, Skee-Lo, waxed ever so poetically about all of the things he wished he was, what he wished he had, and what he would do if he was or did have… for the entire song.
I wish I was a little bit taller.
I wish I was a baller.
I wish I had a girl who looked good, I would call her.
I wish I had a rabbit in a hat with a bat.
And a six four Impala.
Skee-Lo had a dream, y’all… Several, in fact. While some of them were beyond his control (I think it’s pretty safe to say he’ll never be 6’9″, yes?), he did have some that were attainable with a little work (I do hope he was at least able to put his money for this single towards his beloved ’64 Impala). You know, things he could do if he spent as much time putting in work as he did putting in wishes.
See where I’m going with this?
How many of us are “Skee-Lo-ing” through life? (Yes, I just made up a word.) We’ve made the resolutions. We’ve created the bucket lists. We’ve crafted an air-tight 3-year business plan. We’ve designed the vision board. We’ve dreamed the dream… We’re wishin’… and hopin’… and thinkin’… and prayin’… Yet we’re stuck in first gear. We can’t “pass go”. We can talk the talk with the best of them but when it comes to taking the first step on that walk, y’all… we falter.
So many of us are conditioned with a perspective of negativity that has been masked in a cloak of “caution” or so-called “realism”. Our vision is clouded with all of the
excuses reasons why we can’t or why we shouldn’t. It’s not “wise”. It’s not “smart”. It’s not “realistic”. It’s “risky”.
<insert shudders here>
Maybe it hasn’t been done before but that computer or that smart phone you’re reading this on… hadn’t always been “done” before either. When will you apply for that small business loan? When will you add your name to the list of performers at that open mic session? When will you introduce yourself to that potential mentor?
Your dreams, your passions… they matter. YOU matter. The thing about those dreams though: they will always be a dream if you don’t take action.
By no means am I suggesting that you stop wishing, hoping, thinking, and praying. All of those are very good things. Positive things. I’m just merely encouraging you… us… to start DOING. Now.
Why not you? Why not me? Why not now?
-Love & Light… CB Radio