Find Something That Needs To Be Done

The guest article below couldn’t be a more excellent lead-in to what we having coming your way this Thursday (November 19th): another LWL Investigative Report, this time not about the foolery that goes on behind the scenes in the ‘self-help’ arena, but about RELATIONSHIPS.

That’s right… as the masses take certain aspects of relationship-based personal development to some head-scratching extremes, we’re going to tackle the issue of how the cryptic term “unconscious commitment” is used to justify failure, or condemn and control somebody else.

So, be on the lookout for our 20-page report, Committed To Commitment, on Thursday.

Below, Roy H. Williams gives his view of “commitment,” as it relates to experiencing life in all its glory. Since everything we do in this life — or nearly everything — is about relating to others, we want to pass this on as a sorta preparatory read for what we’ll be staggering you with in two days.

My Holiday Gift To You… For Real

By Roy H. Williams


Tom Hennen has a line in his poem, The Life of a Day, that says,

We examine each day before us with barely a glance and say, ‘no, this isn’t one I’ve been looking for,’ and wait in a bored sort of way for the next, when we are convinced, our lives will start for real.”

That line is a little bit frightening because you read it and realize you’re guilty. You’ve been waiting for that day when your life will start “for real.”

The trouble with life is that it’s just so daily.

I share this with you because I’ve been thinking about my two grandfathers who are dead and my father who is likewise and I’ve come to the obvious conclusion:

Live while you have the chance.

“Papa was a rolling stone. Wherever he laid his hat was his home…” – The Temptations, 1971

In the final moments of his life, my father scribbled a note for me to find. In barely legible pencil he scrawled, “All the little things in life add up to your life. If you don’t get it right then nothing else matters. It gets lonely in the promised land by yourself.”

My Dad died lonely, I think, because he never made deep commitments. My father’s confession of his loneliness makes me sad, but his scribbled note tells me he wanted me to learn from his mistake.

I meet a lot of people who sigh deeply and say they’re looking for their passion, something to set their souls on fire and send beams of light shining out through their eyes.

But the people with light shining from their eyes know this….

Passion does NOT produce commitment.
Commitment produces passion.

Solomon, that wise king, spent years of his life searching for passion. In chapter 9 of the chronicle of that search, the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon writes, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”

People read that and think Solomon is saying, “Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow you may die,” but that’s not it at all. He’s saying, “Throw your whole heart into whatever you do. Live while you have the chance.”

This is my Holiday gift to you,
I hope you will receive it:

Find something that needs to be done
and throw yourself headlong into it.

Let today
be the day
your life begins
for real.

Roy H. Williams

“May you live all the days of your life.”
– Jonathan Swift, author of Gulliver’s Travels

Christmas Gift Advice: Little ones? Pennie and I got one of these for our grandson and he loves it, loves it, loves it.

Filed under: Living-Dying

4 Responses to “Find Something That Needs To Be Done”

  1. Hi,

    I looked at the pre article in a glance only, just enough to get that committment is where LIFE is about

    thanks I am real curious for thursday


  2. This article is right on and timely. It beats the mad rush to the new year when the masses make resolutions to begin whatever “should” have been begun years ago. Neville said that circumstances cause us to do the things that should have already been being done. The finding/production of one’s passion could absolutely not have been expressed any better.

    It’s inheritant in THE THING, whatever it is you decide to do, as an unfoldment. Waiting for “the right thing”, the one thing to do that makes your soul zing may find you in the grave before it is ever found.

    Just like the right time or the right one or the right this or that, just never seem to get here! But when one realizes that that which is set before us, when embraced with joy and love and commitment, will produce in abundance, joy, love, peace, wealth…and passion!

    Thank you so much for the short article with a gargantuan punch.

  3. The Universe uses many ways to communicate with us and this is a nice message at the right time

    Enjoy In Joy and Love


  4. Should ‘a…Could ‘a….Would ‘a are all vehicles bringing us to NOW, which the right time to commit to doing those things that we didn’t commit to before.

    If the “Should have done it” has come and passed and the “Could have done IT but didn’t” has also come and passed and a third go round of “Would have but didn’t because…” has also been and gone, then the next time the Universe slaps this opportunity in front of you…. GRAB IT, and hang on. It is supposed to happen NOW.

    Good Luck
    Sue Rumack
    life essence coach

    [Heather’s REPLY]:

    Hi Sue,

    We always find it’s best not to “should on” ourselves in the first place, and making excuses as to why something wasn’t done is almost never beneficial.

    In a perfect world, some people might like to think that we have the chance to procrastinate now, and still grab an opportunity later as you suggest. But some opportunities do only knock once… if you screw up and don’t open the door, you’ll have to go track it down yourself.

    That brings us back to the topic of the post: living life NOW for all it’s worth.


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