Posts Tagged ‘procrastination’

(Photograph by Franco Advincula)

At the temple last night, I was reminded by an old acquaintance to do a “write up” for my blog this week. I promised her I would and I am keeping my promise.

Oh, how I miss writing! I’ve been pre-occupied with a lot of things that I’ve been procrastinating doing some of the things that are equally important and those that I truly love. Some of the things I’ve been postponing to do are mundane and do not have any major impact in my life, such as seeing that one good movie that I’ve always looked forward to and missed, and failing to book that dream out-of-town vacation flight that was offered for a promotional price! Argh! But some are essential and have caused me pain (literally!), such as seeing my dentist for a regular check-up and changing my worn-out spare tire for a more reliable one.

Simple and trivial as it may seem, I know that it is important to see our dentist at least every six months for a regular check-up. I’ve always been good at doing it except this year. I rationalized that I regularly brushed my teeth anyway and that my schedule was so full that I just didn’t have time for even a prophylaxis. So I pushed out the schedule for a dental appointment month after month until one day I was surprised to wake up with an uncomfortable toothache. Still my full schedule prevailed that I didn’t set the dental appointment and had let it become sore and swollen. 😦 Needless to say, I endured the pain and suffered all the discomfort that could’ve been avoided had I only done what I was supposed to do at the right time. I painfully learned that the old adage is true—prevention is always better than cure.

Many of us easily fall into the temptation of procrastination. It’s as easy as taking a deep breath of air. Although some things we procrastinate are small and insignificant, there are those that we need to address right away before it becomes too late and we run out of time.

In the scriptures we read: “But behold, your days of probation are past; ye have procrastinated the day of your salvation until it is everlastingly too late, and your destruction is made sure; yea, for ye have sought all the days of your lives for that which ye could not obtain; and ye have sought for happiness in doing iniquity, which thing is contrary to the nature of the righteousness which is in our great and Eternal Head” (Helaman 13:38).

I know it is wise to heed this advice not to procrastinate and waste the days of our probation. It is a temporary life and tomorrow may never come to some of us. We do not have to suffer the consequences of our inaction in order to learn the lesson.

May we have the wisdom to make correct choices and set our priorities straight so that we don’t miss out on the essential things in life. Let’s think about the important things that we’ve been meaning to do but have been setting aside for so long. Let’s get up and get them done NOW—before it’s everlastingly too late.

Enjoy the rest of the week everybody and let’s strive to avoid procrastinating things that are truly important in our lives!! 🙂


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(Photograph by Edwin Redrino)

For the past three weeks, my car’s dashboard was lighting up the “check engine” sign. I kind of ignored it the first couple of weeks, and I guess I was hoping it would just go away like all signs of flu. Hehe. 🙂 But it didn’t. 😦

As the days went by, my car didn’t function as well as it did before the warning sign appeared. It would sometimes jump for no reason or stall even if I was flooring the accelerator. Last Saturday, while I was cruising down the highway, the car choked and I finally had to have it fixed.

I know some of you would freak out and say that I should’ve had it fixed early on. I agree with you. 🙂 And I offer no excuses for my procrastination. I shouldn’t have waited until the last moment and put my life on the line.

As I waited for hours for the car to be repaired yesterday, I realized that all things broken must be fixed. They will simply not get magically fixed, even if we ignore them or pretend that they don’t exist! 🙂

There are times when we get into situations in life where we choose to just turn a blind eye or not confront the situation for fear of the outcome. We sometimes hope that things will just go away like all flu symptoms. Now and then we tend to leave so many little things unsaid that we end up barely saying anything at all.

But I’ve experienced that there are a lot of instances when it’s best to gather enough courage and faith to make the necessary steps and correct the situation. Sometimes it takes humility on our part to put things right. And it pays to do the right thing! Always! 🙂

I’m glad that my car’s now fixed and I’ve learned my lesson. 🙂 As we go through life, we should remember not to procrastinate fixing broken things and put our eternal life and happiness on the line. 🙂

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