The Mayan people are an interesting historical group to study. Their story is filled with impressive accomplishments and shrouded in mystery because of their sudden decline and disappearance. They were highly skilled in mathematics and scientific discovery. Long before Europeans set foot in the “New World” they had a working 365 day calendar and produced thousands of books using a type of paper made from bark. Some of their cities contained sports arenas, schools, hospitals and libraries. In terms of fashion, they were far ahead of their time with ear gauges and other adornments that are still practiced today. As impressive as the Mayan accomplishments are, the thing that seems to make them most interesting is that they disappeared.
The story arc of almost any great person or society has an origin followed by a rise to prominence and an eventual fall or recession. The Mayan people seemed to be at their peak when they all but disappeared. There are theories about their decline but no one is completely certain. It was in thinking about their decline that I began to face Mayan Activity (My Inactivity).
On some level the end of the Maya is most likely the same thing that brings the end of us all. The things that are left undone. Failure is very rarely a product of someone who did too much but rather the person or people who did not do enough. The people who failed to prepare, to learn, to try, to understand or act. We can stand idly by and blame our downfall on circumstance but the truly great people make circumstances bend to their will. The rise of the Mayans did not promise them a future that would last forever. They were only promised that moment and most likely their inactivity lead to their Mayan downfall.
So the question now comes to you. Are you at your peak and ready for your decline? Or have you just begun? Is the height that you’ve reached only a stepping stone to where you will end? It is not a question of when but a question of will that makes us great. The story of the Mayans is the story of so many. Unrealized promise. Do you want to look back and think what might have been or revel in the glory of what was?
Reverse your inactivity today!