By no means Look ahead to Tomorrow – Well being and Way of life
Lessons of life
By Henrylito D. Tacio
“The habit of always putting off an experience until you can afford it, or until the time is right, or until you know how to do it, is one of the greatest burglars of joy. Be on purpose, but once you’ve made up your mind – jump in! “- Charles R. Swindoll
Who says age – the number most women fear (sorry ladies, if most of you are singled out) – matters? Check out Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao, who at 40 still manages to win his boxing match against a younger opponent.
If you’re like world-renowned architect Frank Lloyd Wright, age doesn’t matter either. He was already 68 years old when he created his most famous building – in about two hours. But hold your breath first. It actually took a long time to do it.
Brandon Spector tells the story in an article published in the popular Reader’s Digest: “In 1934, Pittsburgh department store magnate Edgar Kaufmann Sr. commissioned Wright to design a waterfall retreat on his wooded Pennsylvania property. Wright visited the website and assured Kaufmann that he had big plans. In truth, he hadn’t drawn anything.
So the problems began to brew. “Weeks turned into months, and one Sunday morning, September 22, 1935, Kaufmann spontaneously decided to visit Wright’s studio and review his progress. He would be there before lunch, Kaufmann said on the phone, and was very excited about the designs. “
If you were in Wright’s shoes what would your answer be? I know what you’re thinking. Read the rest of the story: “With nervous apprentices and Kaufmann hours on his doorstep, Wright finished breakfast and drafted the plans for Fallingwater – an icon of modern design and a national historic landmark of the United States.”
What Wright did – the delaying tactic – is procrastination. Its synonyms include dawdling, dawdling, procrastinating, pulling, lingering, loitering, shifting, withdrawing, delaying, stalling, suspending, lingering, temporarily and waiting. The dictionary defines it as “delaying or postponing action”. It also means “postponing”.
Many famous men have shared their thoughts on the subject. “Never put off until tomorrow what can just as easily be done the day after tomorrow,” said American humorist and writer Mark Twain. US President Abraham Lincoln also said: “Things may come to those who wait, but only the things that are left of those who are hectic.”
Two other American presidents said on the matter. Thomas Jefferson stated, “Never postpone what you can do today for tomorrow.” Dwight David Eisenhower also said, “Neither a wise nor a courageous man lays on the trail of history to wait for the train of the future to pass over him.”
Wright is not alone, however. There are so many people – famous for this – who hesitate for various reasons. Best selling author Paulo Coelho admitted, “It was my failure that first stopped me from trying the masterpiece. Now I am starting what I could have started ten years ago. But at least I’m glad I haven’t waited twenty years. “
Miranda July, the woman behind It Chooses You, shared her own experience: “The funny thing about procrastinating was that I was almost done with the script. I was like a person who had fought dragons and most limbs and crawled through swamps and now the castle was finally visible. I could see little children waving flags on the balcony; I just had to walk across a field to get to them.
Then something unusual happened. The American film director, screenwriter, singer, actor, writer and artist continued: “But suddenly I was very, very tired. And the children couldn’t believe their eyes when I folded onto my knees and fell face first to the floor with my eyes open. Motionless, I saw ants rushing in and out of a hole and knew that it would be a thousand times harder to get up than the dragon or the swamp, so I didn’t even try. I just clicked one by one. “
Most of the time, writers have a habit of doing things “later”. The American playwright and essayist Paul Rudnick wrote: “As a writer, I need an enormous amount of time alone. Writing is 90% postponement: reading magazines, eating cereal from a box, watching infomercials. It’s about doing whatever you can to avoid writing until it’s about four in the morning and you get to the point where you need to write. “
Hesitation once is a while is fine. But doing it multiple times that it becomes a habit, well, that’s another story. “Habitual procrastination will easily testify to any missed opportunities, missed deadlines, failed relationships, and even loss of money resulting from an evil habit of procrastinating until it is often too late,” wrote Stephen Richards, author of The Secret of Getting Started : Strategies to triumph over procrastination.
Do what you do today and don’t wait for tomorrow. Remember, we gave today and that is why it is called the present. Yesterday is over and you cannot relive the past. Tomorrow is still out there and what if, as the line of a song says, “tomorrow never comes”?
Let me tell you a story that William Barclay tells:
It turned out that Satan tested all of his little devils for the methods by which they would bring people to the burning hell. “What trick or how would you use it?” he asked her.
A little devil student raised his hand and replied, “I would tell you that there is no heaven. Heaven is just an idea. “
“You are crazy,” Satan exclaimed. “Deep down, everyone believes that one day they will be rewarded in heaven for all the good work they do. Saying there is no heaven doesn’t work. “
Another volunteered: “I would tell you there is no hell.” Satan fired back again, “That’s not good either. Everyone instinctively knows that one day – hell – evil and the evildoers will get what they deserve. It will catch up. Forget that argument. “
A third student stood up and said, “I would tell people: are you going to hurl now and convert later? No rush. Take your time.”
Satan smiled and said, “Hurray! There is a man who will win. Get down on the ground and get to work. “
Now get to work. Do the things you need to accomplish today. Never wait for tomorrow. Because as Scarlett O’Hara (played by Oscar winner Vivien Leigh) in “Gone with the Wind” from 1939 “Tomorrow is another day”. – ###