#BlogElul Day 2: Act

Along with my #BlogElul thoughts here, I’m also writing about the next 29 days (or so) on my technical blog, using the daily prompts to explore ideas about my career.

Regarding today’s word, I mention there that I’ve seen ACT-ing (as well as the failure to act) go badly in the world of IT.

But over here, where my thoughts are more personal and introspective, I think that my own LACK of acting is more often an issue.

What I have found this year is that FEELING read (to act) is not the same as BEING ready to act.

You see, I finally got up, opened my mouth, and let people hear me.

Recently, Hugh Laurie (who portrayed the Dr. House, among other roles) posted to social media:

“It’s a terrible thing, I think, in life to wait until you’re ready. I have this feeling now that actually no one is ever ready to do anything. There is almost no such thing as ready. There is only now. And you may as well do it now. Generally speaking, now is as good a time as any.”

Which was definitely true the first day I stepped up to the bima, to lead the first part of morning davening. I didn’t feel ready. I stumbled in places, sometimes due to nerves and sometimes due to technical factors.

Today, I’m much smoother, much more comfortable. And I recognize that this wouldn’t be true today if I hadn’t been willing to act on that first day 8 months ago.