Nothing is so fatiguing as the eternal hanging on of an uncompleted task. ~William James

Thursday, November 24, 2011

On Thanksgiving: 10 Things to be Thankful For if You're a Procrastinator

Everything, it seems, is political these days.  The internet is awash with advice on how to avoid political wrangling at our holiday tables; how to eat ethically; and why we should opt out of a politically incorrect celebration of our vanquishing of a native people.  Here in Wisconsin, people are using the occasion of the holiday to recommend the removal of the "biggest turkey of all"--our governor.

But whatever our stance on Thanksgiving, the holiday, it can serve as a reminder to be grateful for all that we have.  So whether we are preparing a feast (with or without meat; organic or not) or a TV dinner; suffering relatives or other fools, or dining alone; eating out or in; or boycotting the whole turkey day thing--we can take a moment to appreciate the good things in our lives.

If we are procrastinators, we may be late (for Thanksgiving, or whatever else we are doing today), but we do have some "gifts" that are all our very own.

Ten Things to be Thankful For If You're a Procrastinator:
  1. The long-suffering friends, family and coworkers who love us anyway
  2. The "procrastination industry"--all those writers, researchers, bloggers, therapists, coaches and consultants who are hell-bent on improving us
  3. All the cool t-shirts, mugs, hats, mouse pads, refrigerator magnets and other paraphernalia that make light of our condition, and allow us to announce it to the world
  4. The time we can spend smelling the roses when we're putting off something else
  5. Fast food, microwaves, express lines, all night copy shops, and all those other cheats that aid us in our last-minute dashes
  6. The luxury we allow ourselves to complete no project before its time
  7. The good company we're in
  8. Always having something to do, by virtue of never having finished so many things
  9. Not having a worse affliction/character flaw
  10. Tomorrow
Rather than wishing you a Happy Thanksgiving, my wish is for you to Be Happy, and Give Thanks!


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