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I Don’t Want to Do That Now

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 deliberate, but once you’ve made up your mind–jump in.” Charles R. Swindoll

You may delay, but time will not, and lost time is never found again.  Benjamin Franklin

“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle.” Abraham Lincoln. 

“My advice is to never do tomorrow what you can do today. Procrastination is the thief of time.Charles Dickens

Many are the voices that seek to persuade all of us to be less wasteful.  From the many ad campaigns to make us more conscious of the harm done by littering, we have learned to be more responsible in throwing away trash in bins.  With the renewed emphasis of recycling, it is not uncommon to see specific disposal areas for “trash, paper, glass, and plastic” items.  The constant goal of every manufacturer is to seek to find ever more effective means of using the raw materials to make what the company creates without as much waste.

Our cities are looking for better ways of either burning or recycling the massive amounts of waste that all of us throw away daily. More and more, children are being taught how to be more frugal in the use of clean water, how to protect the air we breathe, and how to be less wasteful in what we use.

Daily products that we use are not the only things that human beings can waste.  We can waste time and that is our most precious and beneficial commodity.  The failure to capture moments in time and harness their potential can be more than disappointing.  That can be tragic.

An incident from the American Revolution illustrates what tragedy can result from procrastination.

December 25-25, 1776, General George Washington determined that he would cross the Delaware River on that cold winter’s night to surprise the Hessian troops in who were stationed in Trenton, NJ.  It is reported that Colonel Rahl, commander of the British troops in Trenton, was playing cards when a courier brought an urgent message stating that General George Washington was crossing the Delaware River. Rahl put the letter in his pocket and didn’t bother to read it until the game was finished. Then, realizing the seriousness of the situation, he hurriedly tried to rally his men to meet the coming attack, but his procrastination was his undoing. He and many of his men were killed and the rest of the regiment were captured.

“Only a few minutes’ delay cost him his life, his honor, and the liberty of his soldiers. Earth’s history is strewn with the wrecks of half-finished plans and unexecuted resolutions. ‘Tomorrow’ is the excuse of the lazy and refuge of the incompetent.”  (Copied).