Monday, June 30, 2014

"A Year From Now You'll Wish You Started TODAY"

I tend to procrastinate.  I don't procrastinate with everything, but with many things.  I put off weeding the gardens.  I put off housework.  I put off exercise.  I even put off writing this blog.  I've had it in my head for a week but I'm just sitting down to write it on Sunday so it will post on Monday.  I'm always ready to drop everything if an opportunity for fun or relaxation comes along or if someone needs my help.

While driving to work the other day, I passed a sign that read, "A year from now you'll wish you started today."  WOW!!!  What a perfect reminder.  It's a nudge I definitely needed.  I know I should exercise more regularly.  I know I should meditate more regularly.  I know these things will make my life better.  But my philosophy has been, "There's always tomorrow, right?"

Well, that sign has inspired me.  For example, before our vacation I should have weeded the gardens... a job I'm not fond of.  Of course I never seemed to "find time" to do it.  So when we got back from vacation the gardens were over run with weeds.  I spent Friday weeding the vegetable garden.  I spent Saturday weeding the front flower garden and part of the back flower garden.  You know what... weeding isn't bad.  It was kind of fun getting out there and getting my hands in the dirt...AND it was great exercise.  I actually enjoyed it.  And seeing the results - beautiful gardens - was just the icing on the cake.  I even meditated while I was weeding.  I found out that you can get everything done and have fun doing it.

Now understand that having fun and getting some relaxation is not a bad thing.  They're good and necessary things.  But work and exercise are also good and necessary things.  The older and hopefully wiser I get, the more I realize that it's all about balance and harmony.  We need to balance our work with play, solitary time with time with friends and family, giving and receiving.  Balance!  Harmony!

I've made a decision for my life.  I'm going to stop procrastinating and start doing, so a year from now I'll be able to say, "I'm glad I started TODAY"

Love,  Paula

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