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Sunday, November 3 2002

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Plan ahead

My immediate supervisor when I worked for Sherwin Williams in Newark, New Jersey, had one of those "Plan Ahead" signs prominently displayed on his office wall. That is one of those signs with the last four letters crammed together and sloping down in order to fit within the frame. When he had a talk with an employee, whether it be for a reprimand or congratulations, he always ended by pointing to the sign and saying, "Always think and plan ahead and you will be successful."

Procrastinators like me find that motto/philosophy very interesting. I have always taken my boss's words to heart and kept planning ahead. I have planned ahead so much that I won't get everything completed if I should live to be a hundred. We procrastinators are very good at planning;

however, we have trouble getting around to working on our plans. Now that I am in my sixties, I have an even greater problem with thinking and planning ahead. While dressing in the morning, I begin thinking about breakfast and the next thing I know, I am sitting on the edge of the bed with one sock on and the other in my hand and trying to remember whether I am putting them on or taking them off. When I finally make it to breakfast, I begin planning my day and before I know it, my coffee is cold and my cereal is soggy.

My workday usually begins with a project in the basement. As long as I don't have to leave what I am doing to retrieve a tool or answer the telephone, I'm okay. Otherwise, I begin thinking ahead and forget what I was doing. My father-in-law calls this forgetting "old-timers disease." I don't like that term, since I don't consider myself old. I blame it all on my boss at Sherwin Williams. If he hadn't drummed into me the idea of planning ahead, I would be better able to handle the present.

Only in America... 

—Sent by Mike Harrison

Thought for the day

Religious liberty might be supposed to mean that everybody is free to discuss religion. In practice, it means that hardly anybody is allowed to mention it at all.

—G. K. Chesterton
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