June 26, 2018
Well begun is half done.
I want to share with you today excerpts from an article written by Leo Babauta entitled Simple Habits of Non-Procrastinators. I just hope I don’t put off implementing his suggestions. You see the worst habit I have acquired in recent years is having a moving things-to-do list. More accurately it has become more of a things-to-do-tomorrow list.
The only benefit I get is that one day I will get relief from my self-inflicted pain when I finally do what I should have done before. In the meantime of course I let myself suffer because of inaction. So now the first thing I am going to do is write a big note that says DO IT NOW and put it up were I will see it tomorrow.
Compassion for Future Self
I think non-procrastinators formed this habit when they were in elementary school, and don’t even realize they’re doing it much of the time. Something happened when they were young — maybe they turned something in late because they procrastinated, or they had to do it last-minute and really hated it — but they learned that putting things off equals future pain.
So instead, they have a mental habit of thinking:
- If I put this off, it will just be more trouble for me in the future; or
- If I do this now, I will be happier in the future; so therefore
- I should just get it over with and do it now.
So simple, and yet this must be ingrained as a habit. Instead, most people have a habit of thinking:
- I can do this later, it’s not a problem, I would rather do something else right now; or
- I want to get away from this pain right now, I’d rather put it off and relieve my stress with comfort food/distraction/etc.
- Therefore, Internet!
It’s such a strongly ingrained habit that we don’t even think about it.
To change the habit, pause and be more deliberate. Think about your future self, tomorrow or a year from now. What action taken today, and repeatedly, would make this future self happier? How can you be compassion with this future self, so that they don’t have to suffer?
Practice it and make it a habit. It’s simple, but again, combine it with the next habit, and you’ll see the power of this method.
Opportunities are like sunrises. If you wait too long, you miss them.
William Arthur Ward
The Matchmaker goes to see Mr. Avery, a confirmed bachelor for many years. “Mr. Avery, don’t leave it too late. I have exactly the one you need. You only have to say the word and you’ll meet and be married in no time!” says the Matchmaker.
“Don’t bother,” replies Mr. Avery, “I’ve two sisters at home who look after all my needs.”
“That’s all well and good, but all the sisters in the world cannot fill the role of a wife.”
“I said ‘two sisters’. I didn’t say they were mine.”
Kissing — A means of getting two people so close together that they can’t see anything wrong with each other.
A Sunday school class was studying the Ten Commandments. They were ready to discuss the last one. The teacher asked if anyone could tell her what it was. Susie raised her hand, stood tall, and quoted, “Thou shall not take the covers off the neighbor’s wife.”
Good judgment comes from bad experience, and a lot of that comes from bad judgment.
The new inmate at the mental hospital announced in a loud voice that he was the famous British naval hero, Lord Nelson. This was particularly interesting, because the institution already had a “Lord Nelson.” The head psychiatrist, after due consideration, decided to put the two men in the same room, feeling that the similarity of their delusions might prompt an adjustment in each that would help in curing them. It was a calculated risk, of course, for the two men might react violently to one another, but they were introduced and then left alone and no disturbance was heard from the room that night.
The next morning, the doctor had a talk with his new patient and was more than pleasantly surprised when he was told: “Doctor, I’ve been suffering from a delusion. I know now that I am not Lord Nelson.” “That’s wonderful,” said the doctor.
“Yes,” said the patient, smiling demurely, “I’m Lady Nelson.”
If aliens saw us walking in the park, picking up after our dogs, who will THEY think is the dominant species?
The doctor answered the phone and heard the familiar voice of a colleague on the other end of the line. “We need a fourth for poker,” said the friend.
“I’ll be right over,” whispered the doctor.
As he was putting on his coat, his wife asked, “Is it serious?”
“Oh yes, quite serious,” said the doctor gravely. “Why there are three doctors there already!”
People who think they’re out of this world make you wish they were.
Morris and Harry were both fanatics about deep sea fishing. Each would come back from fishing trips, and tell the other big lies about the number, and sizes of the fish they caught.
So Morris comes back from his latest fishing trip, and tells Harry… ….” You wouldn’t believe, but in da Bahamas I caught a 500 pound herring. ”
Harry says….” That’s nothing, last time I fished in da Bahamas, I pulled up an old lantern from a sunken Spanish ship….and da candle was still burning ! ”
They both looked at each other, knowing that the other was lying.
Finally, Harry said to Morris….” Look Morris, if you take 450 pounds from off your herring….I’ll blow out my candle! ”
“The wise does at once what the fool does at last.”
Management is not responsible for duplicates from previous dailies. The editor is somewhat senile.
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