Click on the ‘Submit’ Button

August 12, 2011 by Rabbi Michoel Gourarie
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A few days ago millions of Australians filled in the census form which is taken once in five years. This time we were given the opportunity to fill it out on line, which about 30% of households did. But the next day the newspapers reported a major glitch:

Many people completed all the questions but neglected to hit the all important send button.Over 670,000 households logged on but didn’t hit the ‘submit’ button.

Rabbi Michol Gourarie photo: Henry Benjamin

In everything that happens there is always a lesson to be learned.

We all plan on doing lots of great things.  But why are so many good resolutions never translated into practice? Why do so many of us have good intentions but don’t follow through?

We plan to visit a friend in hospital but by the time we actually go they have already come home. We attend a parenting lecture and are inspired by new ideas but fail to implement any of it. We talk about attending a class but some excuse always prevents us from making it there.

Our sages in the Ethics of our Fathers say:

“Do not say when I am free I will study, for perhaps you will not become free”. Good decisions need to be acted upon immediately.

There was a study conducted involving teachers who attend teacher training in-services and become excited by the great ideas that they learn. The research demonstrated that new ideas that are not tried within forty eight hours never get used. Intellectual theories or emotional feelings that do not have an immediate link to the world of behavior dissipate quickly.

So the next time you are inspired to grow or make progress, do something, even very small, immediately.

It is great to be logged on, but if you don’t hit the ’submit‘ button you haven’t completed the form. Do something NOW.

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