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Pee on your situations; before you need the fire department for your problems


Pee on your situations; before you need the fire department for your problems.

by Reggie Smith

Yesterday, all my troubles seemed so far away
Now it looks as though they’re here to stay
Oh, I believe in yesterday

Suddenly, I’m not half the man I used to be
There’s a shadow hanging over me.
Oh, yesterday came suddenly

The Beatles

I was a pretty smart kid growing up.  I started school at four years old and I got skipped in the second grade during Easter because the teachers and my parents felt that the work was not challenging enough for me. I was always acting out.  I wasn’t a bad kid; I was simply in need of intellectual stimulation. They tried to stimulate me with challenges and it worked.  Getting skipped made me even younger than the other children in my grade. I was slated to graduate high school at 16, so I thought I had time to waste. The work was easy so I never really had to try hard. I guess that is when I developed a lackadaisical attitude towards school and life. I always felt like I had time to waste.  I developed the attitude that I could put things off and still accomplish what needed to be done.  Being smart did not always serve me well in regards to my learning how to be wise.

Knowledge can be powerful, but wisdom is knowledge applied.  Time is not guaranteed to anyone, so it is best to learn how to do the thing that is right in front of you.  Developing an attitude of procrastination has caused many of us to end up in places that we had not charted for our lives. There is much good to be said about living intentionally and with purpose.  Being deliberate is one thing but procrastination and putting things off is another.  Our challenge is to discern the difference between karma and procrastination.

We create our own realities through our thoughts and actions.  Some of us consider ourselves to be visionaries in that we have great ideas, but those ideas need action in order to manifest. Many of us create different types of self talk to talk ourselves out of acting now.  Even though fate, destiny, and karma play a role in the story of each of our lives, we are still responsible for taking action.

So many of our young people are incarcerated or intertwined in the legal system as a result of procrastination. So many of our dreams have been deferred over and over again as a result of procrastination. What have you been putting off what needs to be taken care of in order for you to attain peace of mind?  What task or idea, if handled now would afford you a new level of freedom or fulfillment? Let’s all get out of the habit of putting things off. Let’s all remember that it is indeed time to RISE!

“Yesterday is history; tomorrow is a mystery; Today is a present and a gift.”

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