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Sneaky Sisters

Someday and her sister Later are two sweet talking siblings who rob us blind, waste our potential and keep us unhealthy, weak, broke and unhappy. 

They tell us that our future selves are stronger, more disciplined and better able to handle things. They lull us into believing our actions right now don’t matter. They say that later on we will have more time, more energy and more strength to tackle the things in our lives that need to be addressed.

They lie. Tomorrows clock will still have only 24 hours.  Next years calendar will still hold only 52 weeks. Future us will not have more time.  Next week, next month, next year does not hold anymore hours to invest in our spouse, our children or grandchildren than this one does.

Someday and Later promise to make wiser food choices and wiser exercise, sleep and health decisions.  After this cheeseburger.  After this soda. After this couch lounging season.  You can start walking 30 minutes a day.  Someday.  You can start moving your body more.  Later.

The truth is, future us is NOT going to be stronger, wiser or healthier in the sweet by and by if we do not work at it in the nasty now and now.

If we don’t plan for retirement NOW, it isn’t going to get easier to do it tomorrow.  As painful as it is to realize, if we don’t die young, we are going to get old.  Not planning for it isn’t going to keep it at bay.  Young, unhealthy, broke and miserable is bad. Old, unhealthy, broke and miserable is worse.

Go to the ant, thou sluggard; 
consider her ways, and be wise: 
which having no guide, overseer or ruler 
provideth her meat in the summer 
and gathereth her food in the harvest.  
Proverbs 6:6-8.

The ant is not fooled by Tomorrow and Later.  We shouldn’t be either.