2 1/2 years ago because of my own inability to act, I lost something very very dear to me.
I believed I had time.
I was so so wrong.
I was living in Ibiza on the 4th story of an apartment.
I was wearing my deceased Dad’s Wedding ring (I wore it everywhere.)
When doing my washing on the balcony the ring came off and landed on the roof below. I could see the ring. I only had to go and get a ladder and I could have it on my finger again.
I felt like I needed to get permission from the Manager to get on the roof.
That was just an excuse.
I felt like it was ok as I could see it every morning and it was only a matter of time that I would go and get it… when I had time.
That was just an excuse.
5 days days later I woke up and looked out on the Balcony to see the roof had been completely cleaned.
I was completely hysterical.
I sprinted down to the Manager who confirmed the Owner had cleaned the roof last night and the rubbish had been put in the huge bins outside.
I found the Owner and in my limited Spanish tried to ask him if he’d seen a gold ring and communicate just how important it was to me.
He shook his head.
I was a complete utter mess.
I was so so so angry at myself for not taking action.
So unbelievably angry at myself.
I spent hours going through the big commercial rubbish bin on the corner of the busy street through the disgusting rubbish.
Ibiza is one of the biggest party Islands in the World and here I was a blubbering, angry mess bent over a huge rubbish bin pulling out dirty, smelling rubbish.
Not one person asked me what I was doing.
I bet they were too terrified.
I didn’t find it.
I tried so hard to rub it off saying it was just a ring.
That it really didn’t matter.
But I kept coming back to it being my dead Father’s Wedding ring.
It was irreplaceable.
So I made myself a promise.
I told myself that I would never ever put anything off again.
That if I had a chance to do something that I would do it now and then.
I wouldn’t wait ‘until the time is right’
I wouldn’t wait ‘until I felt like it’ or ‘until it suited’
I wouldn’t put other people ahead of my own needs and I would ask for help when I needed it.
I would be a woman of action.
Because you just never ever know what will happen.
You can never guarantee you will get another chance.
So last night i put off something off and this morning I really regretted my decision.
(It wasn’t big or life changing but it did make me remember my promise to myself.)
I really believe that everything that happens is the best possible thing that can happen.
Sometimes the learnings can be challenging to find.
But they will ALWAYS be there.
So what have you put off today to do tomorrow?
What have you always wanted to do but just haven’t got around to it?
Yesterday is history.
Tomorrow is a mystery.
Today is a gift, that’s why it’s called the present.
Learn from the past.
Plan for the future.
Live in today.
Now is the only time you have.
Make it count.