The Price of Procrastination? Usually More
My mentor used to say, “How do you want the Universe to teach you?”
My first response was, “The easiest way possible to learn the lesson.” He laughed and said, “Then why don’t you pay attention to the lessons when they first appear; you know they’ll only return. The Universe wants you to be mindful, learn vicariously if possible, and solve a problem when it’s little.”
I’ll Get Around Tuit
What Time is Around Tuit?
My Dad used to carry a wooden circle in his pocket. It was his Around Tuit. Each night when he emptied his pockets, he’d see it and then ask himself if there was anything he should do that he might have forgotten, or avoided.
As a traveling salesman in the fifties and sixties, he didn’t have the luxury of voice to text memos, so he spent a lot of time in solitary quiet. If something came to him, he’d mentally add it to his list.
When he stopped for a sales call or food, he’d make a paper reminder, but he always said that seeing that round TUIT reinforced that there was probably something else he needed to do. We’re fortunate today with all of our electronic reminders and to-do’s and alerts. But how many of us with long-term recovery take it for granted and put meetings, sponsor time. or helping a newcomer into the, “I’ll get to it later”, or “It’s not a big deal now”, or “I’ve got other things I have to do” columns?
Around Tuit in Long-term Recovery
- Got easily irritated
- Started having negative feelings about a person or a situation
- Skipped meetings for a week or so
- Didn’t talk to anyone about their feelings and attitudes
- Forgot what their addiction was like
- Didn’t find gratitude for the blessings of recovery
Around Tuits and Medallions Reinforce the Lessons
Lessons will come; problems will crop up, we’ll not be paying attention when they are small, and yet, when we become mindful, we can take care of things in a timely manner. I’m glad I’ve got a choice today to listen to the quiet, gentler reminder and not have to have the Universe yelling at me for not paying attention earlier. And from a perhaps unlikely source, “The simple act of paying attention can take you a long way.” ― Keanu Reeves
I’ll add to that; perhaps the simple act of paying attention will help you get and maintain your long-term recovery as well. Lesson learned.
Writing, and recovery heals the heart.