What if Wednesday: Stop Putting Off the Important Things

Procrastinate, Delay, Putting Things Off

We tend to put off doing important things way too much!

“Oh, I don’t feel like doing that right now. I’ll just wait until tomorrow.” How often do you find yourself saying that? Sometimes, tomorrow never comes. Sometimes we will never get another opportunity to do something meaningful and memorable because the following minutes, hours, days or years are not promised to any of us.

I’m guilty of doing this and have come to regret this more times than I care to admit. I realize that we can’t be everything or be everywhere for everybody. Yes, we need to take time to wind down and debrief, but procrastination is a whole different puppy we’re talking about here.

Today’s procrastination can become tomorrow’s regrets. 

  • Pick up the phone and actually call and talk to someone you’ve been meaning to call for quite some time now. Instead of just hanging up if they don’t answer, leave a courtesy short message in case the most unfortunate chance happens that you will never be able to talk to them again.
  • How many times have you said, “We must get together?” How many times are we guilty of putting off scheduling a time to have lunch or a cup of coffee with an old friend? Just do it!
  • Go visit someone who you may not have seen in a long time. This could be an elderly person who lives by themselves or family members you haven’t seen in a while. The visit could make their day and do wonders for your spirit.
  • Write a letter or send a card instead of a text message to reconnect with an old friend or colleague you’ve lost contact with. You don’t realize how meaningful a gesture like that means to someone. 

The list is endless! Let’s face it, we know that ‘life’ happens and all too often we get consumed in our world of work or self-fulfillment until something tragic happens, and we come to regret our procrastination. “If only I ____ (fill in the blank).”

Long story short: Don’t put off for tomorrow what you know you are capable of doing today. You may never get the chance again.


What if Wednesday: Mirrored Image

What If Wednesday, Compassion, Mirror Image

What if you woke up one morning, walked to your bathroom, glanced up at the mirror and saw someone staring at you, wearing the same exact clothes you were wearing, but you had no idea who this person was? Suppose you had to walk around all day looking like that person, perhaps of another race, gender, age or socioeconomic status? What would you think? What would you do?

What if that person was someone you labeled in the past with insensitivity and you were now wearing their shoes, and being treated horribly, with disdain or neglected? What if you couldn’t return to your normal self unless you learned a valuable lesson of compassion from being in this individual’s shoes, because of how you previously mistreated or stereotyped such a person? What if?


What If Wednesday: Strengthening Humanity


Image Credit: James Childs

Civilization. What if the quality of our existence depends on how we treat people outside our tribe? Where would we be without people?

Remember humanity and reflect on how you want to be perceived and treated as a person. In our pursuit in all areas of happiness, we have the power to unite and strengthen humanity when we stop labeling, trolling, bullying and stereotyping innocent people. Simply remember the elements of decency and respect we want to receive from others and then imagine how much better uniting humanity would be for our health, our world and our spirit. What if?


What If Wednesday: To Love Each Day

Love, Valentines Day

Today we celebrate Valentine’s Day, but do we only turn up the volume of our love meter on this day? Can you imagine how much more tranquil and united we would be if we gave the gift of love each day as passionately as we do on this 14th day of February? Imagine that?

Happy Valentine’s Day on #WhatIfWednesday

What If Wednesday: The Value of People

What If Wednesday, Jewels, The Value of People

What if we valued people like we place value on precious gems and other treasures? So often, we hear the cry about not getting paid fairly or for what we think we are worth. Guess what, you will never be. We have impressive resumes and loads of experience that seem obsolete to many HR Managers in the world we currently live in. It leaves us scratching our heads in confusion about the devaluing of our accomplishments and embracing what appears to be flippant, nonchalant attitudes from the inexperienced with a poor work ethic.

As our elders live in their winter season, so many are tucked away and forgotten, because we are too busy and there are too many other more important things to attend to. Little do we realize, they hold many valuable stories and lessons that will help us to rise with grace in our technologically advanced society. When our children are curious and ask many questions, do we merely give them a smartphone or computer notepad and tell them to go somewhere because you are busy?

When we finally realize that we devalued the valuable, will it be too late?

What If Wednesday: If You Were a Tool

What If Wednesday, Tools, Hammer, Wrench, Pliers, Screwdriver

What if you had to choose what type of tool you would be and why, what would your decision be? Would you be a hammer, a wrench, a screwdriver, a saw, a clamp, a drill, a trowel, a level, a utility knife, a chisel or pliers?

I thought about this question while I was doing some repairs around the house and it was not as easy of a decision to make, as one would think. I was also reminded of the song If I Had a Hammer, sung by many performers like Pete Seeger, Trini Lopez, Sam Cooke, Peter~Paul~and Mary, and Aretha Franklin. According to online sources, “If I Had a Hammer (The Hammer Song)” was written by Pete Seeger and Lee Hays in 1949. It was written in support of the progressive movement and was first recorded by The Weavers, a folk music quartet composed of Seeger, Hays, Ronnie Gilbert, and Fred Hellerman.

What if you were a tool, which tool would you be? How useful would you be to others who needed and depended on you? What if?


What if Wednesday: A Random Act of Kindness?

Comfort, Assistance, Random Act of Kindness

What if each of us did one, just one, simple random act of kindness today without any preplanning, pomp or circumstance? Can you imagine how contagious that could be? Now, this doesn’t mean you can’t do more, but just one act of kindness could mean the world to one person. What if?