September Quote: Pablo Picasso on Procrastination

small painter painting from istockphoto.com (c) Artsem Martysiuk
Are you creating art today? (photo from istockphoto.com (c) Artsem Martysiuk)

Only put off until tomorrow what you are willing to die having left undone.

–Pablo Picasso

A few years ago my husband and I took a sailing tour of Homer’s islands and cities of the Greek and Turkish Aegean: Delos, birthplace of Apollo; Mykonos, with its white sand beaches; Patmos, site of the exile of St. John the Evangelist; Kusadasi, where the muezzin’s call to prayer sounded across the landscape; Ephesus, where the gods of Athens, Rome, and Jerusalem collided; and Santorini, so beautiful that even if you’ve never been there, you’ve seen its pristine white domes on bright blue churches populated by languid cats in a hundred travel brochures.

We were by far the youngest passengers on that amazing trip. We were able to scramble over the rough terrain, hop from the boat to the tender to the dock, climb the steep hills, and enjoy all the sites.

If something feels important, do it now. None of us knows what time, resources, or strength we may possess in the future. Don’t defer the things that really matter.

Are you making excuses for why something isn’t possible? Drop the excuses. Do it now, unless you’re willing to die having left it undone.

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