“PROCRASTINATION”

“PROCRASTINATION”
by Fernando Pessoa
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“The day after tomorrow, yes, only the day after tomorrow …
Tomorrow I’ll start thinking about the day after tomorrow,
Maybe I could do it then; but not today …
No, nothing today; today I can’t.
The confused persistence of my objective subjectivity,
The sleep of my real life, intercalated,
Anticipated, infinite weariness—
I’m worlds too weary to catch a trolley—
That kind of soul …
Only the day after tomorrow …
Today I want to prepare,
I want to prepare myself for tomorrow, when I’ll think about the next day …
That’d be decisive.
I’ve already got the plans sketched out, but no, today I’m not making any
plans …
Tomorrow’s the day for plans.
Tomorrow I’ll sit down at my desk to conquer the world;
But I’ll only conquer the world the day after tomorrow …
I feel like crying,
I suddenly feel like crying a lot, inside …
That’s all you’re getting today, it’s a secret, I’m not talking.
Only the day after tomorrow …
When I was a kid the Sunday circus diverted me every week.
Today all that diverts me is the Sunday circus from all the weeks of my
childhood …
The day after tomorrow I’ll be someone else,
My life will triumph,
All my real qualities—intelligent, well-read, practical—
Will be gathered together in a public notice …
But the public notice will go up tomorrow …
Today I want to sleep, I’ll make a fair copy tomorrow …
For today, what show will repeat my childhood to me?
Even if I buy tickets tomorrow,
The show would still really be the day after tomorrow …
Not before …
The day after tomorrow I’ll have the public pose I will have practiced
tomorrow.
The day after tomorrow I’ll finally be what I could never be today.
Only the day after tomorrow …
I’m sleepy as a stray dog’s chill.
I’m really sleepy.
Tomorrow I’ll tell you everything, or the day after tomorrow …
Yes, maybe only the day after tomorrow …
By and by …
Yes, the old by and by …”
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Fernando António Nogueira Pessoa
June 13, 1888 – November 30, 1935
Portuguese poet, writer, literary critic, translator, publisher and philosopher.

 

 

 

 

 

Procrastination (noun)
-the action of delaying or postponing something
-the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished
-the practice of doing more pleasurable things in place of less pleasurable ones
-carrying out less urgent tasks instead of more urgent ones
-putting off impending tasks to a later time

 

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Good Advice!

Here is some Good Advice and wisdom: (ripped from the interweb)

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Be yourself!

Too often we’re too worried about what others think.
You can’t control what other people think of you.

What other people think about you is none of your business!

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“We’re fools whether we dance or not, so we might as well dance.” ~Japanese Proverb

Don’t complain about getting older, not everyone gets the privilege.

Don’t confuse intelligence with maturity.

Master Po: Do you hear the grasshopper that is at your feet? 
Young Caine: [looks down, sees the insect] Old man, how is it that you hear these things? 
Master Po: Young man, how is it that you do not? ~from “Kung Fu” pilot episode

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Always appreciate your friendships. You fall in and out of love, friendship is a constant.

Develop LOVE constantly.

Keep moving forward, even if you have to take baby steps, even if you have to pause…
just don’t go back!

Do you know why thoroughbred horses wear blinders?
Because they have to run their own race. Concentrate on that.

Focus on endurance.

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Unsolicited advice should be taken with a grain of salt.

Don’t give unsolicited advice, and don’t accept unsolicited advice from others.

“The person who says it cannot be done should not interrupt the person doing it.”

There’s no step too small. Just try to accomplish one thing per day.
Some days accept that the one thing will be taking a shower.

Commitment to both the internal and external is vital to achieving…
for one can not truly flourish without the other.

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You are your own worst enemy. Be your own best friend instead.

Go with the flow. “Notice that the stiffest tree is most easily cracked, while the bamboo or willow survives by bending with the wind.” ~Bruce Lee

Be as compassionate to yourself as you are to your loved ones.

Don’t sweat the small stuff.

Wait to worry.

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Admit your mistakes.

Don’t put other people out. Don’t let them down.

If someone is going to be inconvenienced by your actions, let that someone be you.

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“Some are born great, some achieve greatness, and some have greatness thrust upon them.” ~William Shakespeare ‘Twelfth Night’

Live for more than yourself.

It is okay to accept help.

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“Wax on. Wax off.” – Mr. Miyagi in “The Karate Kid”

Nothing worth doing comes easy.

“Cooking is not a chore, it is a joy. Dining is not a fuel stop, it is recreation.” ~Julia Child

Train hard in whatever you do.

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Don’t waste time.

Think about the future.

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“Life’s not fair.” (One of my mother’s favorite lines when I was growing up!)

Be slow to anger.

Deal with how things are, not how they should be.

“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.” ~ Sun Tzu

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“Not everything that counts can be counted, and not everything that can be counted counts.” ~sign hanging in Albert Einstein’s office at Princeton

The best revenge is to live well.

Live life without regrets.

Stay humble.

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Dance like nobody is watching.

Remain positive.

“Once in a while you get shown the light, in the strangest of places if you look at it right”
~The Grateful Dead ‘Scarlet Begonias”

Be kind!
Kindness is one of the best things any person can do for themselves, for those around them, for friends, for strangers, for family, and for the world.

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“Peace and Love” ~Ringo

“All you need is LOVE, sweet LOVE, LOVE is all you need.” ~ The Beatles

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“This is my simple religion. There is no need for temples; no need for complicated philosophy. Our own brain, our own heart is our temple; the philosophy is kindness.”
~The Dalai Lama


 

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