Not too long ago, I happen to watch an old “Popeye” cartoon while at a friend’s house. I laughed when I heard the character named Wimpy (J. Wellington Wimpy) say: “I’ll gladly pay you Tuesday for a hamburger today.” At the time, it reminded me of a project I had due soon and the attitude I had taken toward it: Why do today what I can do tomorrow? Unfortunately, too often people take this same attitude, and the things that are really important—our healthy, well-being, and future—are cast aside for convenience and denial.
Just how damaging procrastination can be set in as I read the article “Record high greenhouse gases to linger for decades” by Tom Miles. In sum, the article carbon dioxide gas emissions are continuing to rise, and that there is a limited amount of time for people to change behaviors in order to limit the amount of damage done by contributing to the increase in the Earth’s temperature. The article points out that even if all emissions stopped today, the effects of the damage that has already been done could take decades to rectify or eliminate. There really is no tomorrow in terms of dealing with the emissions problem.
Instead of being “Wimpy,” it is time to start thinking in terms of what will happen if we keep putting off what we need to do today. Rather than paying for a hamburger on Tuesday, we should consider the words of Edward Young: “Be wise today; ‘tis madness to defer. Next day the fatal precedent will plead; thus on, til wisdom is pushed out of life.”
To read Tom Miles full article, visit http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/11/21/us-greenhouse-idUSTRE7AK0NB20111121.
By: Noor Alzayer