Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday.
I can sure tell summer is over, now that fall is here opportunities for service abound. Not only that friends and acquaintances resurface providing numerous opportunities to catch up. My problem is that I am moving a little slow these days and have some health restrictions that make it tempting to fall into the procrastination trap. I know after having been there in the past that the price of delay almost always creates even heavier burdens. So I am trying to manage my time and commitments so I can proceed at a comfortable pace. So my friends if I have to miss or delay an opportunity you have provided please understand. The good news is that I should be back to full speed in November.
I have found over the years that attitude and perseverance are great procrastination antidotes. Here is something Ralph Marston wrote some time ago in the same vein that I would like to share with you today.
Making it happen
If you’re weary, it may not be from what you’re doing. Your weariness could be caused by what you continue to put off doing. Having an uncompleted task hanging over you, day after day, week after week, wears on you constantly. To free yourself from that burden, go ahead and get it finished.
Instead of putting your energy into worry and avoidance and procrastination, put your energy into getting the job done. The way to have more energy is to make productive use of the energy you have. This day will soon come to an end, no matter what you do.
You have the choice of feeling satisfied with all you’ve accomplished, or disappointed that another day has passed without anything to show for it. Choose to make good and valuable use of the time you now have. Decide to free yourself from the burden of what needs to be done by actually getting it done. Imagine the satisfaction you’ll feel, and imagine the new options you’ll have. Now get busy and enjoy making it happen.
Procrastination makes easy things hard, hard things harder.
A man went to the doctor complaining of insomnia. The doctor gave him a thorough examination, found absolutely nothing physically wrong with him, and then told him, “Listen, if you ever expect to cure your insomnia, you just have to stop taking your troubles to bed with you.”
“I know” said the man, “but I can’t. My wife refuses to sleep alone.”
An optimist thinks that this is the best possible world. A pessimist fears that this is true.
There were two buddies, one with a Doberman Pinscher and the other with a Chihuahua. The guy with the Doberman Pinscher says to his friend, “Let’s go over to that restaurant and get something to eat.”
The guy with the Chihuahua says, “We can’t go in there. We’ve got dogs with us.”
The buddy with the Doberman Pinscher says, “Just follow my lead.”
They walk over to the restaurant, the guy with the Doberman Pinscher puts on a pair of dark glasses and he starts to walk in. The bouncer at the door says, “Sorry, mac, no pets allowed.”
The man with the Doberman Pinscher says, “You don’t understand. This is my seeing-eye-dog.”
The bouncer says, “A Doberman Pinscher?”
He answers, “Yes, they’re using them now; they’re very good and protect me from robbers, too.”
The man at the door says, “Come on in.”
The buddy with the Chihuahua figures, “What the heck,” so he puts on a pair of dark glasses and starts to walk in.
Once again the bouncer says, “Sorry, pal, no pets allowed.”
The guy with the Chihuahua says, “You don’t understand. This is my seeing-eye dog.”
The bouncer at the door says, “A Chihuahua?”
The man with the Chihuahua says, “A Chihuahua?????? They gave me a Chihuahua?!”
Have you noticed, I am a nutritional overachiever?
A couple of hunters are out in the woods in the deep south when one of them falls to the ground. He doesn’t seem to be breathing, and his eyes are rolled back in his head.
The other guy whips out his cell phone and calls 911. He gasps to the operator, “My friend is dead! What can I do?”
The operator, in a calm and soothing voice, says, “Alright, take it easy. I can help. First, let’s make sure he’s dead.”
There is silence, and then a gun shot is heard.
The hunter comes back on the line. “OK. Now what??”
Let me tell you the secret that has led me to my goal. My strength lies solely in my tenacity.
A man and his wife were having some problems at home and were giving each other the silent treatment. Suddenly, the man realized that the next day, he would need his wife to wake him at 5:00 AM for an early morning business flight. Not wanting to be the first to break the silence (and LOSE), he wrote on a piece of paper, “Please wake me at 5:00 AM.” He left it where he knew she would find it.
The next morning, the man woke up, only to discover it was 9:00 AM and he had missed his flight. Furious, he was about to go and see why his wife hadn’t wakened him, when he noticed a piece of paper by the bed. The paper said, “It is 5:00 AM. Wake up.”
Men are not equipped for these kinds of contests. God may have created man before woman, but there is always a rough draft before the masterpiece.
History is a lie commonly agreed upon.
While attending a Marriage Seminar dealing with communication, Tom and his wife Grace listened to the instructor, “It is essential that husbands and wives know each other’s likes and dislikes.”
He addressed the man, “Can you name your wife’s favorite flower?”
Tom leaned over, touched his wife’s arm gently and whispered, “It’s Pillsbury, isn’t it?
“To be always intending to make a new and better life but never find time to set about it is as…to put off eating and drinking and sleeping from one day to next until you’re dead.”
Stay well, do good work, and have fun.
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