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I Can Do It Later

I can do it later is a belief that I regret most of all. There has been incident after incident that should have taught me that sometimes later can be too late.

Some years ago I was writing an article about an elderly man who had led a very interesting life. His daughter was tremendously excited that dad  was going to be in the newspaper and so was he.

I took lots of photo's and recorded hours of conversation but I did not hurry editing it.

Before I had finished the piece the man died.

The newspaper still ran the story and the family loved it and all the photographs but how much better it would have been if the old man had been able to share the excitement with his family.

Orangetas Orangetas 51-55, F 6 Responses Feb 13, 2011

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Yes I am haunted by regrets

Oh, the wings of angels of regret.

Yes, My, I should have put Pay Attention to Now <br />
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Or respond to the demands of Now or something ..

Why is it we so often ignore the importance of now? I don't mean we need to fly around in a frenzy all the time, as that would take the joy out of the moment, but just pay attention. I'm not sure what I'm trying to say here, but I frequently put off whatever doesn't seem pressing or imperative. I think about doing a lot of things, but often fail to act. My friend once said simply, "It's in the doing." I need to do more.<br />
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I'm glad you still got your article printed. I'm sure the family will cherish it forever. And I'll bet he read it, too, and felt great joy.

Yes, I think we are all the same. <br />
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We kinda know what we should do and then do something else.<br />
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But in your situation I think it is was sensible to rest after moving. <br />
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I never met my great grandmother<br />
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I wish i could have been with my grandmother when she died . And I wish I had visited her more :(

Yikes. Procrastination is one of my drawbacks. Damn you EP. <br />
You lesson learned is one to pay attention to. I have a similar one. <br />
My first job after university took me to Detroit. My great grandmother lived nearby in a nursing home and we had not seen her in a few years. My dad helped me move and we were done but tired around 4pm. My dad wanted to run down and say hello to her that night but it was an hour away. I talked him in to waiting til the next day. Well she died that night.