“The best time to plant a tree was 20 years ago. The second best time is today.”
Submitted by Reader Rhonda Miga
Rhonda included this note in her email:
I think this applies to all of us. There are many things that we wanted to do 20 years (10 or even 5) ago but we never got around to it. I think this proverb is great because it is saying “so what, do it today!” You can’t go back and change what you did not do but there is nothing stopping us from doing it today.
I recently went back to school and made a comment to my mother in law… “maybe I will finish this by the time I am 50.” She said… “You are going to be 50 anyway, right… so why not be 50 and have a new degree.”
It may have been better to get this degree years ago but now is the 2nd best time.
These are wonderful words of wisdom. This quote also reminds me that we need not live with regret. What we didn’t do yesterday (or decades ago) can still be started today. Why live in the past, when we have the power to create our future?
What has been left undone in your life that you could begin today? Take a regret from the past and make it into an action plan for your future.
It is always the right time to begin what needs to be done.