Mondays and procrastination

Some people seem to think Monday is the worst day in the week.

I am one of those people.

But that’s besides the point. After confession last night, I thought it interesting the words that came to mind for me: accountability, culpability, forgiveness, mercy, compassion, sin, procrastination and repetition. What most alarmed me is the fact that I have, for the past few years, repeatedly mentioned certain venial sins in my confessions that could be grouped under the umbrella of ‘procrastination’. And, repeatedly, I have promised Jesus I would try to get rid of those sins.

But it keeps coming up again. A lot of people might give up on the Sacrament of Penance because of its seemingly everlasting inability to change a person for the better, but I don’t. I have realized that it takes a lot of time (and LOTS of effort) to get rid of certain sins. We must use all that is given us to do this – prayer, family, friends, and our talents.

Procrastination is a problem for many people, so it would be nice if someone invented a formula to help get rid of it, once and for all. But no one has, and I don’t think anyone ever will. So I will continue to try to get rid of the distractions in my life and focus on what really matters.

"So we beat on, boats against the current, borne ceaselessly into the past." (F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby)