There is a mentality that is creeping into social circles; "It is too late for me to do that; I am beyond my prime! If I was younger, I would consider it." Now, I could understand the declining physicality of a professional tennis player who is 30, or a professional football player at age 40, but then again, I just read about Edna Northrup, who at age 84 climbed Mt. Everest.
What we are discussing here is not the declining physical ability to compete, but rather, the question is related to purpose and call. Is it never too late to apply the gift and talents you have been given to make the world a better place. "It is too late" is only an excuse for failing to get to know your real self and applying the gift and talents to the opportunities that come your way.
From a believer's perspective, we acknowledge that none of us will be called to do something that we do not have the energy, talent and resources to accomplish. It is never too late to find an enhanced application for your life purpose. How about the math teacher who is now tutoring young people who are having trouble with algebra? How about the actress who is now exciting young people to become storytellers and entertain the world? How about the Chief Operation Officer who is mentoring a bunch of millennials starting a tech company? It reminds me of the movie "The Intern!" starring Robert De Niro and Anne Hathaway about a 72 year old retired corporate executive who lands a senior internship with a startup company. At first, the young people see the Old Guy as quaint and lovable, but as time passes, they come to appreciate his gift for bringing focus and calm to a tension filled growth environment. You could say, "But it is only a movie!" It is not just a movie. It is a reality that is being repeated each day in the real world. I am not sure where you are in your life's journey, but I will challenge you to start the path to self-discovery. What is your gift? What are you talents? What opportunities are coming to you in your present situation? What opportunities are coming to you to lead you to other situations where your gift and talents can serve at a higher level? Most individuals and organizations I get the privilege to journey with as a mentor, discover that their greatest opportunities are already a part of their environment; they just did not see them for their worth.
M & M lost out when it didn't grasp the opportunity of being featured on a movie titled E.T. Yahoo missed the opportunity to take over Facebook in 2006. Each life is full of possibilities, situations and opportunities that we create for ourselves, and situations that come to us without our direct effort. What opportunities are right in front of you that you don't realize because you are too busy doing things trying to create possibilities, rather than applying your gift and talents to the present moment?