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#453: Simple Question. Difficult Answer

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Procrastination seems to a trait common among many people. You know the scenarios:

We forgo kissing our spouse in the morning because we're late for work.

We forget our child's soccer game or play or recital and swear we'll make it up to them.

We promise ourselves to clean some of the house but never get around to it.

We intend to eat within our calorie limits but can't resist the sweets, extra Tacos or another plate at the Chinese buffet.

We want to exercise but tell ourselves we are too tired and will do it tomorrow.

We set aside time to write but claim writer's block.

We don't kiss our children goodnight because we justify that we don't want to awaken them.

We want to have close family relationships but we do not invest the time needed.

We want to call our closest friends, but don't.

We want to lose weight and become healthier yet do not devote time to work toward that goal.

These and a myriad of other situations call for our attention every day. Too often we fail to complete tasks we promise ourselves we will do.

Think a moment of the things dearest to your heart -- family, friends, church, health...

Now, answer one simple question:

If not today, then when will you take action?

If not today, then when?

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    A great SP blog writer!!! :) I read a few past few minutes...wow! thanks... :D

    Cinnamonie :)
    3674 days ago
    i think you got it all down so now it is all in black and white so what can our excuse be now
    3678 days ago
    Today...as today is everyday.

    Wendy emoticon
    3681 days ago
    Great blog Lou!
    3681 days ago
    It's up to each of us to take back our lives. Live for today because tomorrow is not promised. Truer words never spoken. This is something i'm working on one day at a time.
    3681 days ago
    Thanks for a great post! How does that go - "Life is something that happens when we are busy doing something else". You are so right. It is better to just DO than to put off till another time. Thanks for reminding me...
    3682 days ago
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    Great blog, Lou! So thought provoking!!
    3682 days ago
    WOW! Excellent blog. Now I have that song "If tomorrow Never Comes" stuck in my head. Love ya, Dawn emoticon
    3682 days ago
    Yesterday is gone, and tomorrow may never come so make the most of today! Thanks for the reminder. Polly
    3683 days ago
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    Yup, today is the day for a fresh start.

    I love to write lists so that I can attack projects and move along the process!
    3683 days ago
    I want to live my life with no regrets. If someone I love didn't live through the night, I want them to know that they were loved. Dear Lord, please don't ever let the sun set with me being upset or angry with someone that I love.
    3683 days ago
    This is a huge issue for me when it comes to my writing! I will get ready to write, sit down to do so then feel like I need to see if the stove is off (of course it is), balance my checkbook, again, think of a phone call that "HAS" to be made. My husband says "When you've done everything, but swept the dog, sweep him and get to writing!" ...now, don't worry, I would never actually take a broom to my dog, but you get the point!

    I will stop procrastinating today!!
    3683 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    emoticon Good question! emoticon
    3683 days ago
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    Looking in to a new month and the answer is "the time is now!" I need to stay away from these excuses and procrastinations. Thanks Lou!
    3683 days ago
    Great reminder. Procrastination hurts us in so many ways. I must choose to be obedient today, now, this momentn because I may never have the opportunity again!
    3683 days ago
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    thanks again Lou.. that question is answering alot of issues..
    3683 days ago
    One of my dearest friends often says a quote that I love: If not now, when? If not me, who? Awesome blog!
    3683 days ago
    TODAY it is!!! I love your blog, Lou!! Thanks for posting it. Going to share with my older daughter. I did see myself in a couple of those...lol
    3683 days ago
    Yup, Lou. I find you are right. I got to thinking the other day... I sure appreciate Mom for giving me that year's membership to Body Works Fitness Center. And thank goodness, I had a card handy and wrote her a thank you right then, while I was thinking about it. I've told her on the phone, but I know she loves to get mail.

    Mom drives me nuts, but it's sobering to realize she is 81 years old. I need to treasure her, quirks and all. emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3683 days ago
  • BOVEY63
    I say "Today!"
    Another great blog Lou!
    3683 days ago
  • TEDYBEAR2838
    If not today, tomorrow may never come. Lets' prioritize

    3683 days ago
    Procrastinator? Guilty. I usually don't procrastinate about family or loved ones (especially hugging or kissing my kids/grandchild) but I recognize a few on the list I need to work on. Great reminder...thanks. emoticon
    3683 days ago
    When? Good question Lou! There was a few things on your list that hit home! Thank you for sharing with the great reminder! We can all tend to procrastinate if we let it in!!!!
    3684 days ago
    I rarely procrastinate exercise, huging kids or Boo, but totally guilty of the rest! I am very lazy to make phone calls. Good point, When?
    3684 days ago
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