If you are anything like me, you’ve either said or thought this very question,… What are you waiting for? Chances are, you’ve even had some really well intended thoughts to use new ideas you’ve learned, in either your life or in that friend’s life (you know, the one who could really stand to listen to you about some things). The funny thing about the Information Age, is that there is no shortage of video streaming, podcasts and articles (like this one) to scratch that little incessant, intellectual itch we have. Knowing something new,… becoming even more of an expert on that subject,…that hobby. For some of us, we’d be seemingly content with just that…just knowing. There was a wise creative mind however who had a different point of view. He was quoted saying:
“I have been impressed with the urgency of doing. Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Being willing is not enough; we must do.”
~ Leonardo Da Vinci
A man of many talents, the painter of the Mona Lisa and The Last Supper. The inventor, sculptor, musician and botanist. Wow,… impressed with the urgency of doing… a stark contrast of being impressed with how much information and eloquent vocabulary we can wittily use in our engagement with others.
True story, It makes me feel good to know the little I’ve been allowed to know. It’s satisfying actually. But, without the outpouring of this knowledge, or should I say, the wisdom to translate it into action, I become an information glutton. Yes, like diet unchecked, the things that we know to do, when not used effectively can become more of a burden… an informed idleness.
Again, I ask, what are you waiting for? A journey is a series of steps, linked one after the other. The first step, followed by the next and then the next, etc. With each step there is a perseverance being built without our knowing. A little less fear each time. Before you know it, freedom has overtaken your stride. A mere thought come to life. After all, we were made to be more free than we could imagine… more productive than this life can measure. And there is a painter far more skilled than the great Da Vinci, for He has painted the mystery of life itself.