Friday, March 26, 2010

I've been thinking: Why excuses?

Alexander Pope once said:
"An excuse is worse than a lie, for an excuse is a lie, guarded."
I fully love that. It speaks volumes in a single sentence.

Today, Susan Eichhorn-Young - a singer, actor and voice teacher based here in New York - wrote a very pointed blog about excuses. She writes in part:
So, how many excuses did you make this week?

And did you just take a breath to begin the excuse for the excuses????

Excuses like denial, are a form of stress management. However, they also begin to take on a life of their own and can overtake your life!

Suddenly your life is FULL of excuses and nothing more.

Excuses do not promote positive development but rather, promote standing still and sinking fast.

Why the excuses? Just STOP THAT. Excuses are a waste of energy, of time and of life.

Do what you say [you'll] do, or don't. Follow through, or do something else...

...If you call yourself a singer - then SING. If you call yourself an artist, then BE ONE.

"I'm too broke", "I'm too fat", "I can't find the right teacher", "I can't find the right class", "I can't get an agent", "but I need new headshots", "but I have nothing on my resume".

Thank you, Susan. Being reminded of this now and again, is a wonderful thing.

To see more of Susan's blog, including the above in its entirety, visit: Once More With Feeling.

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