When you procrastinate you only resist the inevitable

words & photo by Brian Thompson.

There can be neither peace nor pleasure found in postponing the things you know you need to do. Avoiding the unavoidable only prolongs our pain.

Aversion is something that everyone struggles with. In fact, it’s such a common trait of our humanity that Buddhism even consider it one of the Three Poisons that cause all of suffering, along with ignorance and attachment.

When you avoid something, it’s actually a disguised attempt to push away anything that might disrupt your current experience or that might threaten whatever comforts you’ve currently gained.

Aversion is a fear of the present moment changing.

Aversion is wanting everything to remain exactly as it is. The more pleasant our present experience is, the more attached to it we become and the more we fear losing it, so the more we resist its eventual change.

But when we try to resist something from changing (which is everything at every moment), we only end up suffering. We cannot avoid one of the most fundamental laws of nature, that everything is in a state of constant transition. All things are impermanent; physical and material, mental and emotional, time and space — nothing lasts forever.

No matter how much we delay, we cannot prevent things from moving forward — including deadlines. If you wait too long, the fruit will simply rot and the entire crop will drop to the ground.

When something needs to be done, act without hesitation.

Find peace now, rather than burdening yourself with the unnecessary stress of something left undone.

When you procrastinate you only resist the inevitable. The longer you delay, the more it consumes you, bit by bit, day by day.

Don’t think, do.