“To be human is to be on the move, pursuing something, after something. We are like existential sharks: we have to move to live.” James K. A. Smith
Early start today, and my routine was subsequently turned upside down. Writing and exercise were postponed for commuting and work tasks. And so be it, here I am writing, and the exercise will happen this evening instead. We all need a little agility to effectively navigate life’s twists and turns. If I look back on this summer, I’ll say I regret not swimming more, not hiking more, not taking more late night star gazing walks…. but also not meeting with more customers, not writing more, not reading more. I do something, but I could do more.
It all counts. Do more. Keep moving forward or we atrophy and die. Existential sharks… moving to live. Write the book, start the business, ask for the date, take on the project, take the chance today on something bolder than you might have done yesterday. Fortune favors the bold, after all.
“Make mistakes of ambition and not mistakes of sloth.” – Machiavelli
James Clear highlighted this Machiavelli quote in his weekly newsletter and it hit me like jumping into a cold lake early in the morning (something I’ve been known to do): Boom! You’ve got my attention! I’ve made many mistakes of sloth over the years – we all have, but use Machiavelli’s advice and choose your mistakes wisely.
“Some say risk nothing, try only for the sure thing,
Others say nothing gambled nothing gained,
Go all out for your dream.
Life can be lived either way, but for me,
I’d rather try and fail, than never try at all, you see.
Some say “Don’t ever fall in love,
Play the game of life wide open,
Burn your candle at both ends.”
But I say “No! It’s better to have loved and lost,
Than never to have loved at all, my friend.”
When many moons have gone by,
And you are alone with your dreams of yesteryear,
All your memories will bring you cheer.
You’ll be satisfied, succeed or fail, win or lose,
Knowing the right path you did choose.”
– William F. O’Brien, “Better To Try And Fail Than Never To Try At All”
Well, there it is; Go all out for your dream. ’tis better to try and fail than never try at all. Make the mistake of action instead of the mistake of sloth. Keep moving forward. Be an existential shark already.