Sunday, November 23, 2014

Carp Diem! - Ace of Wands

 I always love to see the Ace of Wands come up in the Tarot. New beginnings and inspiration, with the force of the creative imagination bursting and busting out! A very positive card that urges us to Carp Diem, seize the day and grab hold of your creative ideas and apply them in pursuit of a vision!

Well in spite of this affirming card I have to admit I can be one of the worst procrastinators when it comes to seizing the day, and getting certain things done resulting in restlessness and dissatisfaction. I have over the years, worked hard trying to change my proclivity to procrastination.  Frankly, I see it as being familiar to the disease of alcoholism, in many ways.

I once was told by a fellow 12 Step member, procrastination is like masturbation, because the only person you screw is yourself! True, but there are others who can be greatly affected by our own individual procrastination, whether we are aware of it or not. Creditors, family members, friends, employers, to name a few, all can be causalities, and on the front lines of our private war with procrastination. Most of all we disappoint and hurt ourselves.

The best way I have found to cope with, if not overcome procrastination, is in the same way I learned to cope with my own addiction. Seek help, reach out, and take it one day at a time. Applying the 12 Steps to life can work for everyone I believe, regardless of their struggle. There is always hope for the hopeless, living one day at a time.


thesycamoretree said...

Our group has a twist on one of the slogans, "Easy Does It, But Do It!" :) I am one of those folks who want to have everything squared away weeks in advance, while my husband (also in the program) likes to wait until the last second. Neither approach is healthy if it's motivated by fear. I suppose that's good that we sort of balance each other out!

Unknown said...

Yes I know that twist on the slogan. I've heard it in the rooms. It's a good thing to have another person you can bounce your dysfunction off. Me I end up talking to myself a lot! LOL Just me, myself, and I! But I am getting better at knowing when to listen to my inner voice which appears to be much healthier than in the past. Still working' at it though!

Ellen said...

I am an in betwener. Some things I do immediately. I like to tick of boxes as soon as possible but on the other hand I can procrastinate like the best. The first habit is to shroud the next one I guess. My kitchen is clean my shopping is done but don't open the closets or try to find something in the attic :)

Unknown said...

Hah! An inbetweener! That's good I think I am similar to that description Ellen. Oh Lord right now I have to clean out my garage in order to make room for four cord of wood. Ack! Argh! I think much of my procrastination comes from having to do laborious chores on my own. So much easier to just ignore it! I have been thinking of you lately Ellen and hoping you are well these days my dear friend. <3 Did I tell you I hate Winter?! LOL

Ellen said...

I can relate to be responsible for my own chores. I can ask a for help but I am the one who has to instigate the project
I am doing fine, thank you Catherine. I had a lovely weekend with my mother and I find it a bit difficult to get back in to the routine. I enjoyed this time away form everything so much.
And I love winter!!! :D
Big Hug

Neopagan Priestess said...

I'm another in-betweener, I think. Sometimes, I find if I put something off for long enough, it no longer seems relevant… On the other hand, the smallest things can also push me into action :)

Unknown said...

Yup we gotta do the leg work no way around it!

Glad to hear you are doing well Ellen. So nice that you got away to visit and had such a lovely time with your mum. <3 Well if I'm prepared for Winter it's not so bad. Canadians mostly love to complain about Winter! Especially Maritimers, we talk weather no matter what season it is!

Unknown said...

I hear ya Kerry! Humans eh? We are a weird bunch! :) <3