Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today ~ Benjamin Franklin

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Trevi Fountain ~ Rome, Italy

We have all heard this quote many times. Never has it meant so much to me as it has in the past six weeks!

One of the biggest lessons that I am taking from this period of self-isolation is that going forward I am going to do things, get things done when I have the opportunity. 

Why did I procrastinate getting my hair done? Now the salons are closed and it’s going to be months before I can get another appointment. Why didn’t I get things done around the house while contractors were still working? This one is key when you are trying to sell your house through all of this! Why didn’t I go to the dentist, especially after they called… for the third time! Why didn’t I keep a stash of toilet paper at home before everyone started hoarding it? Ok, that last one is a joke, but living through this period where only essential businesses are open has made me realize that being prepared is actually really important. I think many people who are experiencing this will, for years to come, appreciate the things that we have immediate access to that much more. I think (hope) we will take less for granted.

When presented with opportunities we often say, not this year, maybe we’ll do it next year. But as my coach often says, “Yesterday is gone and tomorrow is not promised”. There are obviously other factors – mainly money – that prevent us from doing everything now but I think in many cases we put things off thinking we have all the time in the world, or that we will always have the ability to do things.

Last year at this time our family was getting ready to fly to Europe. In 2019 we planned a family cruise for our parent’s 50th wedding anniversary. The thing is their anniversary isn’t until September 2020. The decision was made primarily around my nephews’ busy schedule. As it turns out, it was a great decision and I am extremely grateful that we went a year early. Had we planned to go in May 2020 instead of May 2019 the trip would have been cancelled. It was an amazing family trip that we are fortunate to have experienced together.

I will think of these times in the future when I want to procrastinate doing something, when words come out of my mouth like – I’ll do it later, tomorrow, next year. I will remember these months that we are living now, when later, tomorrow or next week aren’t options.

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Happy 50th Anniversary!
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Lunch in Sorrento, Italy

10 thoughts on “Don’t put off until tomorrow what you can do today ~ Benjamin Franklin

  1. So very true. I think many people will be re thinking their lives and what should be done ASAP when this isolation is over. Procrastination is my middle name. Thank you for your insight!

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  2. We’ll all have things to reflect on after this Pandemic is over. This “unprecedented pause” may bring about positive changes in how we go forward.

    I’ll second Don’s idea. Have those celebrations now! We want to be at the party! 💃

    Congratulations to your parents! They look wonderful.

    Thanks for your interesting thoughts, Lisa. I always enjoy.

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  3. So true, Tia, if only we all saw the wisdom of doing things in the now.

    What beautiful photos and memories of a 50th wedding anniversary celebration in Europe!
    Your mom and dad are ‘Golden!’

    I am wondering what our kids are planning for ours in August, 2021? 🙂

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