Thursday, December 30, 2010

Pro- Procrastination

"Procrastination isn't the problem. It's the solution. So procrastinate now. Don't put it off."

—Ellen DeGeneres

I love epigrams like this.

Another is ee cummings, "Think twice before you think."

Such epigrams amuse me because so much of our human activity seems concerned with undoing some earlier doing.

We get so busy fixing our mistakes and that we make unforeseen new mistakes to fix later. It occurs to me that the most helpful thing to do in many situations is to sit back, take stock, and take a baby step in what you think is the direction to go. Of course, my mind is running pleasantly down this channel because my wife wants to clean out the garage—a task we've avoided for a couple of years—by Monday.

Probably best to get out of my pajamas and get my work clothes on.

11 comments:

steven said...

dan - i'm experiencing a set of days like this. i make a small list for myself and it's the beginning that is the most challenging part. once the flow starts it's actually very easy, almost fun, and always happy-making when i see the results. steven

George said...

Here, here for procrastination! I love the quotes by Ellen DeGeneres and ee cummmings. Happy New Year!

Dan Gurney said...

steven, me too. I think it has something to do with being on winter break. Two weeks off and I just want to slip into a slower time frame. One thing I really like about break is the chance to take a closer look at my dreams. During the school year, I just don't have that luxury. Like you, once I get rolling on the day's activities a nice flow gets going.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, George, glad you enjoyed the quotes. Thanks for coming by Mindful Heart!

Bonnie said...

Isn't it wonderful that we can find quotes out there that will support our every bent of mind!? :-)

Good luck with 'loving what is' while you clean the garage. Letting go of stuff is a great way to begin a new year.

Happy New Year to you and all your loved ones Dan.

Dan Gurney said...

Thanks, Bonnie. As you point out, it's possible to find epigrams to support almost any point we wish to make. Happy New Year to you, too.

The Pollinatrix said...

This is such a timely post for me. I've been housebound for almost three weeks because my van has been in the shop and I've had a profound cold. I've just completely surrendered to it, and it's been luxurious and lovely to not even bother making a to-do list, but instead read, make collages, watch movies, and bake.

I'm still in my pajamas too.

Ruth said...

I love the quotes too. And I'm thinking along your same lines. Every small bit I can do to maintain the balance by clearing out some clutter, physical and otherwise, helps.

Sabio Lantz said...

Love the ee cummings quote!

Your note made me think about depression. Evolutionists (I count myself one) look to explain adaptive advantages to disorders that persist in the genome and are not the result of other organisms or environmental degradation -- two of the largest agents. Many feel that "depression" is the minds way (albeit unproductive as a fever is often) to stop the individual from doing what they are doing. In the process many change their actions.

Yeah, this retro-engineering comes with major speculative pitfalls, but I think there may be something to it. Point, though, is to make a practice of stopping what you are doing, establishing some freedom from habitual reflexes before your brain makes you sick and forces it on you in with all the other terrible symptoms.

Put off now what you habitually do a breath a few breaths of freedom, your old habits will patiently wait but perhaps some will just give up and go somewhere else.

Dan Gurney said...

Hi, Polli and Ruth! The fact is my wife, son, and I spent a whole weekend cleaning out the garage quite thoroughly. Then we turned our attention to clutter upstairs. I went through a closet that's been accumulating stuff for a long time. In the end we got a whole lot of blocked chi cleared out.

Dan Gurney said...

Sabio, thanks for this. Each moment is chock full of opportunity if we're able to open to it, to breathe it in. I like the way you say our old habits will give up and go somewhere else. It's like that. We don't really get rid of them; they leave on their own, lose interest in us.