Speak Now or Never!

Would you rather go for something and fail, or stay still and fail?


We’ve all heard cliché phrases such as “just do it” and “tomorrow is not promised to anyone.” If you’re like most people, you want a bit more than a catchphrase to inspire you. The following story is one that illustrates an extreme downside of waiting too long.

Walter and Vanessa have been dating for six years. For the past three months, he wanted to get married. However, Walter never had the nerve to propose. Either the timing was off, or he was too nervous.

Today was the day it would all be worth it. Walter took Vanessa out for a day of their favorite things. He planned everything from the restaurant reservations to the movies they would watch at home. After the date, he would propose.

“This was a wonderful day,” Vanessa commented as they strolled through the park.

“Yeah,” Walter replied as he looked to the night sky. He saw a full moon that shined brightly through the branches. The man looked down to see his date smiling at him.

“So what are you thinking?”

Walter bashfully smiled back. “Oh, just… thinking. About how nice this place looks at night.”

Vanessa looked around. “It sure does. This was a great idea to take this way home.”

The couple was holding hands. Walter could easily use his free hand to retrieve the ring from his pocket. Yet something stopped him.

There was a strong block in Walter’s mind. He found himself at a loss of what to say if he did propose right now. Suddenly, the park seemed like a bad place to propose at this time. It was dark with the occasional orange streetlight. Vanessa would barely see the ring unless she stood under a stupid, orange glow. Assuming she even accepted the ring!

Before Walter knew it, he and Vanessa were leaving the park.

Later, the couple was watching movies in Walter’s living room. Whenever the characters would kiss, Walter felt it was the perfect time to propose. And every time, he was hesitant.

Worry consumed the man. What if Vanessa rejects him? What if she’s not ready? What if he’s not ready? Those thoughts played over and over in Walter’s mind. So often that he didn’t notice the credits of the final movie.

“Walter? Walter, are you okay?”

Walter awoke from his thoughts to see that Vanessa was calling him. “Hmm? Yeah, I’m fine.”

Vanessa stood and said, “Well, it’s getting late. Today was a lot of fun. We should go on more dates like this one.”

“Yeah,” Walter agreed, helping his girlfriend put her coat on. He then hugged her.

“Bye, Walter. I love you.”

Walter repeated the phrase and watched her head for the door. “Vanessa?”

“Yes?” Vanessa turned and looked at her boyfriend.

Walter gave a half smile as he stared back at her. A shaky hand went to his pocket. He stuck a hand halfway inside and stopped. He quickly did the same with the other hand and calmly said, “Good night.”

Vanessa smiled and left the house. Disappointed in so many missed opportunities, Walter sulked to his bedroom.

The next day, Walter received a phone call.

Walter,” the woman on the other line cried.

“Mrs. Grant?” Walter yawned. He checked his clock to see that it was almost 4:00AM. “What’s wrong?”

Walter, it’s Vanessa!” the woman sobbed.

“What about Vanessa?” Walter sat up. “Is she okay?”

Vanessa was in a car accident a few hours ago!

Walter felt a jolt go through his body. “Is Vanessa okay?!”

No. The accident was a head-on collision with a drunk driver. The doctor said that she’s in unstable condition.

Walter dropped the phone and fell to his knees. With tears in his eyes, he looked back at the end table. He stared at a picture of Vanessa and himself that was there. Right beside it was the ring he wanted to give her.

The moral of the story is, tomorrow is not promised to anyone. If you have something to say to a loved one, just do it, or you may never have another chance.

He couldn’t help but blame himself. If he would have proposed, would she have been out there, on the road with the drunk driver?

The moral of the story is, tomorrow is not promised to anyone. If you have something to say to a loved one, just do it, or you may never have another chance.

Make a nice day!

Author: realdealjh

Great morning, great afternoon, and great evening! My name is Jibriel Holloway, and this is where I share the things I learn on my journey of personal development and in business. Hopefully, you get something out of it that will skyrocket your life!

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