The French philosopher Simone de Beauvoir says, Change your life today. Don’t gamble on the future, act now, without delay.
It is important to see that we often procrastinate because we think we have time. While this might be true, it might also be false. We don’t have certain knowledge about when things will end for us.
When it comes to such things as homework, I understand all too well the pressure one is under to complete assignments when they are due. But that is not so important in terms of what de Beauvoir is saying.
What is important is that we tell people we care, that we love them and that we forgive everything as soon as possible. Holding on to our feelings cannot only impact our lives negatively, but it can also be a missed opportunity to grow.
While I don’t know what the meaning of life is in some sort of pithy summation, I do think it has inherent meaning in the love we experience and share. And this love can only be experienced in the present moment. Thus, act now.
On a practicable level, this goes for many other things. If you want to deal with an addiction, lose weight, or end an abusive relationship, it is not going to happen tomorrow if you don’t start today.
On a spiritual level, if you believe in spirituality, we can only grow with effort and in the present moment. It does not happen automatically.
So if you want to grow and change, start now. Don’t delay.
This is of course, the big stuff. But it works for the small things too. If you are sick of worrying about a grade, set a schedule and do the work. If you can’t, then seek help.
The French philosopher Voltaire said, “God gave us the gift of life. It is up to us to give ourselves the gift of living well.”