Carpe Diem

I don’t know about you, but if I am really honest with myself, I have to admit that I am lazy. I don’t want people to think that about me, though. I like for people to think of me as diligent and dutiful, always having my nose to the grindstone.

I put things off. I do what I must do to “get by.” I find there are many things I would like to do, investigate, or learn…but I often become put off by the enormity of many subjects. I question my ability to do “do them justice,” and then I become overwhelmed and, regrettably, end up do nothing.

My best work happens when I am under the pressure of a deadline. As a retiree, I find I used my time much more productively when I was working. Now, I can (for the most part) choose to “do it tomorrow.” The problem with that is, when tomorrow comes, I may choose to do something else.

So why do we procrastinate? Why do we allow ourselves to be less than that of which we are capable? Why do we wait – perhaps till it is too late – to “get it right?”

How remarkable that each of us is so unique! No two human beings will ever have the exact same thoughts. Not a single person’s experience will ever be exactly the same as another’s. I long to revel in the possibilities, yet I fight the sluggishness of procrastination daily. My hope for today is that those of us who are not driven to achieve, may come to appreciate the gifts we have been given! May we begin to stretch ourselves beyond our comfort zones! We were not created to be couch potatoes, and we have been given no guarantee for tomorrow. Carpe diem! Today, start being all that you can be!

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The Prisoner's Prayer Book

Louise is author of The Prisoner's Prayer Book which evolved as she became a volunteer in prison ministry. Retired from a career in social services, Louise resides in Michigan's Upper Peninsula.

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