Now is Exactly the Right Time

You’ve probably heard the saying the goes like this: “The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago. The second best time is now.”

I like that saying, because it reminds me that while I can’t change the past, now is exactly the right time for me to get started on (or continue working on) the things I want to do.

Financially, this means that I can start out each day by asking myself what I can do to move forward.

Saving money and investing is important to me, so I can move a little money toward those items — or at the very least I can ask myself whether what I’m about to buy is worth it before spending money.

It also means that I don’t need to keep actively kicking myself about that $1000 that I spent unwisely years ago, or about the time I withdrew money from my 401k.

Instead, I can focus on now. Now is exactly the right time — and the best time.

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8 comments

  • I really need to work on this. I’m great at the starting things now part, but I also keep kicking myself for past mistakes for YEARS. I’ll try harder to just let it go…

  • Budgeting, yes, there’s no sense beating yourself up about the past. The past is in the past :)

  • Thanks for this–“It also means that I don’t need to keep actively kicking myself about that $1000 that I spent unwisely years ago, or about the time I withdrew money from my 401k.”

    I have really been kicking myself lately about past financial decisions. I needed to hear this today! Gracias.

  • Pat

    Jackie, I really love little quotes and saying like this, because they really help remind me of they way I really should be thinking about certain things.

    Perfect, great little post. Thank you!

  • Great post Jackie! In fact I just came across that quote last yesterday, it’s spooky haha. Easier said than done, but if you keep reminding yourself, you’d be more likely to take action today than 99% of the people around you.

    Thank you!

  • How funny Ken. I agree, and if you take action today, you’ll probably get a whole lot further than 99% of the people around you too.