“Why is it that so many people think of doing things and do not do them? Why do they not have the power to put into practice the things they think of doing? If one just thinks about it, the chance slips by. From the time they are children, people are o…rdered about by their parents to do this, to do that… They develop resistance, and (the) resistance habit becomes subconscious, until they are unable to perform immediately even those things they think of doing themselves. (what we need is ) the habit of action ~ this, I think, is the most important thing we must acquire. Life’s success or failure actually depends on thi…s one thing. Start Now, today!” – Shinichi Suzuki
He goes on to say, “True, it is easier to say than to do, but the more you do it, the more of a habit it will become. It is an indispensable skill. To know something and not put it into practice is a weak point, but knowledge is mere knowledge, and is not to be confused with ability and skill. Not until knowledge becomes an inseparable part of one … is it an ability or skill. There are plenty of people who know a lot about baseball & can criticize a game; however, the spectator lacks the intuitive skill, judgement, and physical coordination of the experienced player. A fine society is not built by people who just think about what is right to do.”
You know grace is a pretty simple concept, but to so many it is so hard to receive or accept. I think this is a similar matter. If you see someone in need & think, gosh. I should make a meal for them, do it. If you think of writing a thank you note to someone, do it. If you think of learning to play the guitar, do it. Don’t spend time on thinking & wishing & planning to… take action!