“You may be disappointed if you fail, but you are doomed if you don’t try.”

 Beverly Sills, America’s Queen of Opera


“What do you want to be when you grow up?”

I bet when you were a kid someone asked you that question. If you grew up and accomplished your goal to do and be what you wanted, congratulations. If you didn’t, what are you waiting for?

Every clock and every calendar stopped when I was 18 years old. I was in the Marines and far from home. It seemed like I would be stuck there forever. Now I’m 64. My daughter is 40. And I don’t know what happened. After my 21st birthday and my discharge from the Marines the same clock and calendar that moved like a snail took off like a rocket.

Someone said, “Life is like a roll of toilet paper, the closer you get to the end the faster it goes.”

I heard about a man who came home from work and found the little boy from next door digging a hole in the front yard.

The man said, “What are you doing?”

The little boy explained that his goldfish died so he had to bury it.

“That looks like an awfully big hole to bury a goldfish,” the man said.

“Yes, I know,” the little boy said, “but my goldfish is inside your cat.”

Did you let the fear of failure bury your dreams?

Funny man George Burns remarked, “I’d rather be a failure at something I enjoy than a success at something I hate.”

Maybe it’s not too late to dust off your ambition and give it one more try. A friend of mine pointed out to me that the only difference between here and there is the letter T and the letter T stands for TRY.

Do you want to be sitting in your rocking chair saying, “I wished I had done this, that or whatever.”

My guess is no.

“You’re too old and too fat.”

That’s what most of the world said to George Foreman when he announced he was making a comeback ten years after losing the Heavyweight Boxing Championship. George heard what they were saying, but it didn’t seem to bother him. When they made fun of him he laughed along with them. And ten years later their laughter turned to cheers when George became the oldest man ever to win the title.

Maybe it’s time for you to make a comeback.

Dr. Norman Vincent Peale, author of the best-selling book The Power of Positive Thinking said,

“People become really quite remarkable when they start thinking that they can do things. When they believe in themselves they have the first secret of success.”

So live your dreams. Believe in yourself and whatever it is you want to do or be – remember the clock is running. The right time is now.


“All things are possible to him that believeth.”

Mark 9:23

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