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Nothing

I always feel compelled to give advice. Family, friends, complete strangers… whenever the situation calls for it. But there are occasions when my input is not welcomed, quite often actually. On one particular occasion, when I advised a stranger on how best to spend his time, the man lashes back, “who the hell do you think you are?” “What do you know?!?”

To which I replied honestly… I replied quickly, “I know nothing…”

“I know a whole lot about nothing….”

“I am the self-proclaimed expert on… nothing.”

When you saw a stranger you felt compelled to talk to, you said nothing.

When you saw someone being victimized and felt so strongly that you should do something… instead, you did nothing.

… and yet, the worst thing you can do in any situation … is nothing.

I know that…

Nothing keeps you up at night more than the sound of your own conscious pleading and begging you for a better tomorrow.

Nothing is worse than feeling dead inside while you still have a pulse.

Nothing has been done about mans destruction and inhumanity to himself.

Nothing feels better than doing what you love in the company of those you love.

Nothing scares you more than having nothing, being nothing, living for nothing.

And yet people are choosing nothing over anything at an alarming rate and expense.

We eat at restaurants; order appetizers, drinks, entrees and desserts. Consuming thousands of calories… and what will we do with them… nothing.

Drunken nights leading to expensive bar tabs… other than several trips to the bathroom and a headache, what do people have to show for it??? … nothing. How much of that night can they remember the next day?… nothing.

Lavish tropical getaways promise that for hundreds, if not thousands of dollars they will take you out for days and make sure you do nothing.

People run up expensive cell phone bills with long conversations that consist of talking about… nothing.

We spend billions of dollars a year on anti-depressants and painkillers so that we can feel … nothing.

We pay for others to do what we are more than capable of doing ourselves… We shop at one large store to avoid shopping at several small stores…We drive on the highway at death defying speeds, risking our lives and everyone around us… only to get home, plop down on the couch, turn on the t.v. and do nothing.

People who can’t walk fantasize about dancing.

People who can’t see imagine painting works of art and traveling to witness the world’s wonder.

People who can’t hear, long for beautiful music and meaningful words.

Do you know what people who can see and hear and walk fantasize about doing???

Nothing.

They fantasize about doing nothing.

As a matter of fact, it has become a staple of American culture to work your ass off so that you can get to a point in your life as early, as young and as wealthy as possible so that you can spend the rest of your life doing… nothing.

There was a time when they were burning books to keep people from reading… and now the libraries are empty … many of them are closing.

There was a time when people would travel for days to deliver a heartfelt, beautifully hand written letter… now several post offices are closing, raising the price of the stamps and cutting delivery hours because people would rather communicate through text or email.

There was a time when we had to literally fight for the right to vote … and now millions of dollars are spent just to encourage us to show up to the ballot.

There was a time when people were killed for believing in god… and now it seems the only time people pray is in casinos, prisons and hospitals… and all they want from god is another dollar and another day to spend it.

We live in a time that millions of people died to get us to. We live in a time where we enjoy the freedom to do anything but instead, people choose to do nothing.

People who do nothing are worse than liars, thieves and murderers. Think about it. When someone lies, it causes us to seek out the truth. When someone steals from us, it gives us a renewed sense of worth and value… because we still have our life. When someone we care for is killed, it wakes us up to what mortality truly is and how precious each and every moment is. But the people who do nothing pose the greatest injustice to society.

Do you know the difference between the life expectancy of a 60 year old man diagnosed with terminal cancer and a 27 year old triathlon athlete…?

Nothing… they could both die at any moment.

There are more suicides every year than homicides. For every 2 people that are killed by someone else, 3 people have chosen to kill themselves … and those are just the ones who succeeded. More disturbing is the fact that depression and suicide are the highest in the most developed countries; countries like United States, Canada, Japan. Think about that. Think about what that means. That means that the people who literally have everything are the most likely to feel as though they have… nothing.

Perhaps because most people die for the very same reason they chose to live… for nothing

If you believe in nothing… when you fall for everything… there will be nothing to catch you.

… and I can’t help but wonder…

How long can we continue to do nothing… before there is nothing?

How long can we continue to aspire for nothing… before we inevitably become… nothing?

I tell you this… nothing can work so beautifully if you just know how to use it.

If you claim to be nothing, then within that moment, you are allowing the possibility to be anything.

If you claim to know nothing, than you allow for the pages of your book be an empty vessel for new knowledge and wisdom.

Think about this … the average person only celebrates, anticipates and actively participates in 32 days a year; most of those days come printed on the calendar. What happens to the other 333 days… nothing. Unless you choose to give those days meaning. I won’t presume to know what you did last week. I won’t presume to know what you did last night. But I hope that something within this message will influence the way you spend tomorrow.

Please understand that you ARE NOT the accumulation of your yesterdays… you are the living potential of your tomorrows.

You are everything you never said you couldn’t be.

Your life expands farther than just one person. You impact thousands… your friends, your family, your coworkers, your classmates, your neighbors, complete strangers whom you interact with on a daily basis. Those are all the people who will notice a dramatic change in who you are tomorrow, because of what you’ve felt today. And when they ask, “what did it take to cause this amazing change in who you are?”

Tell them… “nothing.”

4 Comments leave one →
  1. Mikey permalink
    November 1, 2010 3:16 PM

    Simply amazing, pure, and simple words. Our lives can be shaped into endless possibilities, by simply living our life, and not allowing limitations. Thank You to whomever is writing these words

  2. kim permalink
    April 27, 2011 9:31 AM

    So glad this is in writing. I am going to read it every day & remind myself what I want & need to do, & recharge with it. Thanks!

  3. Katy Perry permalink
    September 17, 2011 5:16 AM

    This is a favorite.. Often times we forget that all it takes to make a difference is action.
    Thanks for taking the time out and writing this..

  4. Kadeem permalink
    August 20, 2012 8:25 AM

    Hey that music video I told you about last night at the reading… The I’ll Mind Of Hopsin 5 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hRVOOwFNp5U

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