Procrastination: Paralyzed by the Need of a Responsible Choice

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Choosing the wrong values  . . . too many of them have led me to an unfocused, frenzied life.

Too many choices . . . all lining themselves under the appropriate lists of accomplishment, special, and results.

Too many choices . . . more and more calling at my life’s door. Each beckoning me into its grip of more.

I’ve collected these choices (some very good and noble) and added them to my to-do’s. Now surrounded by piles of varying heights of accomplishment, special, and results. 

However, not all my choices are discriminate. Instead they are indiscriminate.

Indiscriminate: Having no particular pattern, purpose, organization, or structure.

These piles, my plies, have their own voice and their own demands, much like frisky kittens aloof, attacking, and affectionate, alternating, without seeming reason. And not knowing which to tend to first, I fret.

Paralyzed by the need of a responsible choice, I make none until forced.

Procrastination covers the piles like a blanket muffling their cries for attention.

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Entry filed under: Lent, Main, Meditations, Procrastination.

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  • 1. Theresa Lindamood  |  . at .

    I think we need to pray for each other’s piles! When I was at Sun River years ago I took a class from a book called Life Keys. It took spiritual gifts, personality and talents all into consideration through a test (Meyer’s Briggs, I think), spiritual gift inventories, introspection and evaluation. It was one of the neatest classes I have ever taken. From that we also developed a personal mission statement. At first I thought, “that’s kind of cheesy”, but later realized it had great value. It gave me a frame work for making decisions and evaluating options in my life. I could read my mission statement and compare it to my decision and see if they meshed (sp?). The other thing I took away from that class is that sometimes we need to say No to the good things so that we can say Yes to the excellent things. Also, the book said that when we say yes to a good thing because we feel we have to, we might be taking some one else’s excellent opportunity from them. Of course in some situations we are all called to do things that might not be our gifted area or our favorite, but this was referring to when there are options. You are inspiring me to get going on some things that have long been procrastinations! :o)

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  • 2. susan2009  |  . at .

    I’m a praying away, Theresa.

    I’ve had the (unofficial) goal of taking care of one box a week. This week it hasn’t happened yet. As I am going away for the weekend, I now doubt that will happen.

    I do like the notion of taking the time to make a mission statement. That would make it easier to know which things in life I can say “yes” to. Especially since I want to do so many things.

    Are you still evaluating options in the light of your mission statement.

    The main part of my mission statement (today) is finishing my masters. I need to put aside most of the other “things” I want to learn…do…be.

    Good point about saying “yes” to the best or excellent and not “merely” the good. Just because I can do something doesn’t mean I should. 🙂

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