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Lockdown Diary Day 24: Deadline

12:42 AM

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Deadline


I had a deadline to beat today. 

That gave me a break from the COVID-19 thoughts. Phew!

The deadline is tomorrow morning technically. But I don't want to wait for tomorrow because I know how I am.

Procrastination was an old friend. And things didn't go well between us because I've realized he's only good for a short time. 

It's a toxic relationship so I ended it.

Procrastination is like a fair-weather friend. You hang out when things are good but he disappears when you need him the most. The worst part is that you wouldn't be in that unpleasant situation if you didn't listen to him in the first place. 

So I worked since I woke up and until it's time to retire. And I got reminded of this verse:

It is vain for you to rise up early, to retire late, to eat the bread of painful labors; 
for He gives to His beloved even in his sleep. -Psalm 127:2

Truly, God is a generous Provider and a loving Father. He gives us the things we need even in our sleep.

He knows what we need even before we ask.

A little rant

I've got a small problem with this though. Some Most people abuse generosity. They don't toil because they know people with generous and compassionate hearts would come to help them anyway.

This has been obvious during this time.

In my country, a lot of taxpayers didn't receive any assistance from the government during this crisis. Because, per the social welfare personnel, they're prioritizing the "poorest of the poor".

It seems inhumane to complain if you put it that way.

Okay. Give it to them. I can fend for myself anyway. Who am I to deny those who are in dire need? I'm not heartless.

But you know what?

MOST of the people who are qualified to receive assistance from the government are in this category because they're lazy.

How do I know this? I've lived here all my life! I witness it every day. I even know some personally.

They wait for "help" and blame the government for their situation.

And sometimes when help is given, they whine because it's not enough. 😒

After the government released the financial assistance, news about those who received it caught buying drugs and gambling came out.

Disappointed but not surprised.

A lot of taxpayers (meaning working citizens or entrepreneurs) lost their jobs and had to close down their businesses during this pandemic. And many employees are on no-work, no-pay basis.

Shouldn't the government also send us a little help to get through?

After this crisis, may we learn to be more like the ant and not like the grasshopper in that fable.

Take a lesson from the ants, you lazybones. Learn from their ways and become wise! Though they have no prince or governor or ruler to make them work,they labor hard all summer, gathering food for the winter. But you, lazybones, how long will you sleep? When will you wake up? A little extra sleep, a little more slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest—then poverty will pounce on you like a bandit; scarcity will attack you like an armed robber.
-Proverbs 6:6-11


When all this is over I hope the government realizes how important it is to invest on healthcare, research, calamity fund and education.

And that they give themselves a deadline to take action.

Your turn

  • How do you fight procrastination?
  • Have you ever missed a deadline? How did you handle it?

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