I think a version of that quote was first made by Mark Twain, but I prefer the version I have above, from a man far wiser than Mark Twain, my Dad.
Both my mother & father retired this past May to partake in their own leisurely lifestyle. They have both paid their dues, so to speak. My Dad comes from that old-school mentality of staying in a job until they close the doors on you. Where they literally did this to him after after 25 years of employment back in the 80’s. He recovered from his lay off and therefore I surmise, so will I.
Anyway, back to my Dad’s quote. Each day after their retirement I would call to see what their plans were for the day… and each day they would tell me their plan was to relax. Then one day, my Dad shared his new mantra.. “Why put off til tomorrow, what you can put off until the day after?” Interesting, catchy even… had my Dad unlocked the key to enjoying leisure time? One might argue that he was justifying his procrastination but, I prefer to think of it as the ultimate wisdom bestowed upon me by a man who knows. A man who has spent a lifetime of working hard and gaining knowledge. A man who, for all intensive purposes, is an older version of me.
So, at least for the next week or so, I’m going to try to live by this philosphy. No, not because I realize that laziness is good but instead, because I understand the value of taking some time for ME. Which I haven’t really done and in all likelihood won’t be able to do for another 30 or so years until I myself retire. Perhaps my plan, at least for today, should be to relax!