“Never put off till tomorrow what may be done day after tomorrow just as well.”
This quote from Mark Twain brings a note of humor to a subject that most of us deal with in our lives every day – procrastination.
Wikepedia tells us that procrastination is “the avoidance of doing a task that needs to be accomplished. Sometimes, procrastination takes place until the ‘last minute’ before a deadline. … (it) can take hold on any aspect of life – putting off cleaning the stove…seeing a doctor or dentist…or broaching a stressful issue with a partner. Procrastination can lead to feelings of guilt, inadequacy, depression, and self-doubt.”
To be sure, there are times when avoidance and passivity need to be addressed – these traits live to a degree in each of us and can keep us from accomplishing whatever might be ours to do. There will always be tasks that we enjoy and those we don’t. We do need to learn how to do what is ours to do and hold ourselves personally accountable.
At the same time, our delay to take action may have some spiritual merit and we need to look closely at what that might be.
From the material of Abraham-Hicks, we find this quotation: “Procrastination is the feeling within your energy sensor that this action is not in perfect alignment at this time.”
From this statement, we are encouraged to remember the importance of recalling that our energy, or vibrational level, is critical in all that we do. To live optimally, we need to complement our actions from a vibrational frequency that supports them.
How often do we find ourselves engaged in activities from a space of obligation or guilt? Are there tasks and engagements that we are participating in because “we are supposed to do it?” When our vibrational level, commitment or interest doesn’t match the way we are living our life, we can sense an energy drain that is felt by others and we’re not bringing our best a situation.
It is also true that our actions can be born from the opinions of others as to what we should do. Spiritually, it is important to remember that we are here to participate in the unfoldment of the will of God. When an action or decision is taken into meditation and prayer, we can sense if it is in alignment with God’s plan for our life. When we know that it is, it’s possible to give it our all with enthusiasm and anticipation. When we do not have the feeling of “rightness,” we may not only be unsuccessful in the endeavor, we might also bring others down through our obligatory participation.
When the time is right for us to take action and our passion knows it, nothing will stop us from its accomplishment. Our action energizes us with enthusiasm and our commitment strengthens.
Healthy procrastination – not acting until we know the time is right – helps us act in alignment with the flow of life. Sometimes a delay is needed as an idea evolves or as circumstances shift. It’s not wise to impose our timetable or the expectations of others to push us into acting prematurely or out of accord with the divine will.
If you find yourself putting something off until “the day after tomorrow,” check in with yourself to determine if it’s really your own avoidance and passivity that’s making the delay, or if you’re being prompted by your inner guidance to let the divine timetable come to pass.
Rev. Chris Jackson
Unity on the Bay