Procrastination Stinks!

It’s difficult to even think of one time, when procrastination has been beneficial in almost any context.

Honestly, I have been thinking on this intently for quite awhile. Does putting something off, regarding health, ever work out? Does carrying those extra twenty pounds, smoking for several additional years, or ignoring that small lump or skin discoloration…really get better over time? How about things in our personal life? Does it make sense to “wait” before intervening in our children’s bad behavior? If one waits long enough to discipline a child when they are young…they are neither able to understand rules later on nor able to grasp that bad decision making has negative consequences…when they are teens. Or, if we are aware that our “significant” other is being unfaithful or is struggling in some other moral area…does it miraculously go away because we pretend we don’t see it or know of its existence? No. Similarly, has it ever worked to our advantage when we are unhappy in a situation be it at home, school, or on the job…and have not spoken up, that it has actually turned around all on its own in our favor? When does that happen? As annoying as those cliches and phrases are, you know: “The early bird catches the worm,” “Don’t put off until tomorrow, what you could be doing, today,” etc. etc. they are so true. They particularly apply to the negative things, I think.
So…here’s to speaking up and making changes, accepting personal responsibility for actions either given or received that need to be altered, and beginning, at least, to make changes in all the negatives in our lives.

The Freedom of Choice…be thankful!

In life, we can not control what is done to us, but we always have a choice in how we react to those tests and challenges. Choice is what separates humans from other mammals.

Even if we fail with one test or challenge…a new one will come along in which we get to choose all over again. Perhaps, it is so we finally get it correct. Life, as given, isn’t always easy; it’s not supposed to be.

Often, we do not especially like the choices as they are presented to us and sometimes they are even unfair…but they are choices nonetheless. It is empowering to know we have that ability. With each and every positive choice we make for ourselves and towards others we give ourselves integrity and honor. We further define who we are as Human Beings. Think of this in even greater terms.

All of us have lost something either recently or over the last few years with the economic recession . Unfortunately, so many lost employment, then  homes, and have all of us have suffered financially in some way given the volatility of current economic trends. It has been a time of recovery and plentiful new opportunities.

Some of us even lost our way in relationships either at work or at home. Hopefully, it has been a period of reconciliation and forgiveness. And a few of us might even have slipped into areas of human weaknesses; perhaps in areas of honesty, faithfulness, or substance abuse.  Undoubtedly we hurt those we love most.  Hopefully, it becomes a journey of great personal strength and courage moving forward in a new healthy and positive way. Real situations in life.

Be truely thankful for your life as given and make every choice count.