Put off until tomorrow what you don’t want to do today


But do so at your own peril….and at the expense of your peace of mind.  This is a lesson that I’ve been trying to learn for 50 plus years and I seem to be making a little progress.


No unwelcome task becomes any less unwelcome by putting it off until tomorrow.  It is only when it is behind us and done, that we begin to find that there is a sweetness to be tasted afterwards, and the remembrance of unwelcome duties unhesitatingly done is welcome and pleasant.

Once accomplished they are full of a blessing and there is a smile on their faces as they leave us.  Undone they stand threatening and disturbing to our tranquility and could even have disastrous consequences.

ppie chart I’ll never forget several years ago when the Social Security Administration began mailing out annual reports on our benefits, I noticed two numbers in my SS# had been inverted.  I put off contacting the department because I was in the process of moving from Jackson to Starkville. Plus I thought I would get a royal “guvment” run around and have a huge hassle on my hands.

After about two years of constant worry and hand wringing, I went down and met with a nice lady at the Social Security office.  The problem was corrected in a matter of minutes and had I waited much longer my benefits could have gone to someone else!

If there is lying before you any undone piece of work from which you shrink, go straight up to it, and do it at once.  The only way to get rid of it is to do it, or suffer the consequences.

(Source: Adapted from a sermon delivered by  MacLaren, Alexander Link to this author's section of the Table of Contents (1826-1910 a Baptist minister from Scotland.)

2 thoughts on “Put off until tomorrow what you don’t want to do today

  1. I used the “reply” route to send this message. I stopped sending responses to stop the everlasting messages that one message was not sendable over and over. I don’t remember whether the reply was used or not. I think I used the response to the article. Does reply get published? Sometimes I would rather it didn’t to prevent bad taste in replying. You are so ambitious to write all these things.

    Regards from Jeanette

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