“Go for it!” How often have we heard this phrase throughout our lives? 50 times?………100 times?…………….Perhaps 1,000 then? In reality, we probably have heard these 3 small word used in this one small but powerful phrase more times than we can recall, yes? “Go for it!” We have heard this so often that the words lose their impact over time and they become…….Well, they become just 3 small words, don’t they? Important words but not quite relevant in our day-to-day busy lives. However, there was a time for many of us that the term “Go for it!” meant a great deal indeed. When would that have been for you, my friend? Undoubtedly it was at a time in your Life when you were focused in on your goals, on your dreams. Undoubtedly it was at a time in your Life when you still embraced lofty ideals and did so with all the passion that lay within you. It was at a time which was before the world and those well-meaning people around you were telling you that you needed to “get your head out of the clouds” and to “be realistic about things” and to “accept things for what they are and move on best you can and be content with your lot in Life”. Sadly, the majority of us were spoon-fed this rhetoric as we grew up and became “responsible adults and productive members of society”. And equally sad is that we have bought into these silly ideas and embraced them. We have allowed ourselves, our very Spirits to become just that. And that is what is most sad for nothing could be further from the truth.
“Go for it!” You might be wondering what brought me to think of this tonight. Oddly enough, it was a line from that great movie “Tin Cup” with stars Kevin Costner and Rene Russo. If you have not seen it, do so. It is excellent for its comedic content but also in the Life lesson it provides as well. You see, so often we are taught that the way to succeed and better ourselves is to “lay up and take par”. Translation here? Play it safe and be satisfied with what others have accepted in this game. In “Tin Cup”, this refers to the game of golf. But I am speaking of this game we refer to as Life. And while there are many parallels to be drawn between these two games, how we use the gift of Life has greater consequence than whether or not we make a hole in one. (And don’t get the wrong idea here. I love playing golf!) The point I am attempting to make here this evening is simply this. Do not waste your Life energies playing it safe. Do not be content to make par, as it were. All this will bring to you is some level of mediocrity and a Life rewarded only by an uneasy discontent within. Instead, take a risk for it is only by doing so that Life’s game can truly be won and the player be truly rewarded. Learn what it is to live, to really live. In the movie, Molly Griswold (Rene Russo) says to Roy “Tin Cup” McAvoy, “Just go for it! Just knock it on! Go for it!” This is what we must do if we are to realize our dreams and our passions. Does this type of thinking make you a bit uneasy and even a little frightened? Good! It should for it tells you that you are stepping into the right direction and onto the right road. We have for too long permitted the embrace of that which is less than we were meant to be. And to feel uneasy about “Going for it!” means that you are beginning to wake from a deep sleep. So feel that fear and recognize it. Then walk through it. In doing so, it will vanish for fear, you see is primarily smoke and mirrors.
So I say to you this night, “Go for it!” Be strong of heart and courageous in the face of fear! Take the risk of truly living Life!! Give yourself the permission that you know your Creator has already bestowed within and move onto the path Life has destined for you! Dare greatly for it is only then that we can become the dynamic that we were born to be! Now you may say that these are but words and I know not your circumstance and I know not what has befallen you in your life. To that I can only say that while I cannot possibly know what your life has been up until now, I also know that which was your before does not have to be what is your now. And by changing your now, the future that lies before you can and will change in dramatic fashion! As for these words being nothing more than words……Yes, this is true. But do remember that words are at the seat of True Power and words acted upon with clear intent have changed and will change the world, my friends. This always has been and always will be true. I read once that words, those which carried with them a fervor and sincerity that was uncommon in this world have even changed the mind of the One who brought us to be. Just words? No, these are so much more than simply words.
Good friends, the hour is late and I have gone longer than intended. Please do remember that you were blessed with a Life that was to be lived and lived fully blessed, not a life that was to be endured. No, no and no again! Do not tarry any longer and waste not one more day. You were born to be blessed and born to bless others! In short I would say this…………“Go For It!!”
Goodness and blessings upon all who read this. I trust this has been of benefit to you. Take care one with another!
Authored by William J. Thompson, Jr.