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Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Life According to Meredith Grey 2

A couple of hundred years ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with the world the secret of his success. “Never leave that until tomorrow”, he said, “which you can do today.” This is the man who discovered electricity. You think more of us would listen to what he had to say. I don’t know why we put things off. But if I had to guess, it has a lot to do with fear. Fear of failure, fear of pain, fear of rejection. Sometimes the fear is just of making a decision because, what if you’re wrong, what if you’re making a mistake you can't undo.

"The early bird catches the worm."
"A stitch in time saves nine."
"He who hesitates is lost."


We can't pretend we haven’t been told. We’ve all heard the proverbs, heard the philosophers, heard our grandparents warning us about wasted time, heard the damn poets urging us to seize the day. Still, sometimes, we have to see ourselves. We have to make our own mistakes. We have to learn our own lessons. We have to sweep today’s possibility under tomorrow’s rug, until we can't anymore, until we finally understand for ourselves what Benjamin Franklin meant. That knowing, is better than wondering, that waking is better than sleeping. And that even the biggest failure, even the most intractable mistake, beats the hell out of never trying.

It's ironically true, isn't it? That even if we know by our own and other's experience that certain actions have certain adverse consequences, we still do them anyway.

We keep on cramming for our exams, even if the past 10 exams we crammed did not produce any passing results. Why can't we just study at least a week before, even just part by part.
We keep on stalling instead of doing what we need to do, only to promise to not do it again in the end when we realize we have no time even to sleep just because a lot still needs to be done. Why can't we just immediately do what needs to be immediately done?
We keep on denying things even if we know that in the end, we would eat our own words and admit it anyway. Why can't we just swallow our pride, retain some dignity left and just be done with it?
We keep on doing foolish things, sometimes even to the utmost disapproval of even our friends. We've learned the lessons many times before, why can't we just say 'no'?

Yes, we need to make our own mistakes. But do we have to repeat the same mistake over and over and over and over... again? I think that inside all of us, is a masochist, hehe.. =p

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