The Fear of Tomorrow


A couple of centuries ago, Benjamin Franklin shared with the world a secret of success which is applicable even today: Never leave until tomorrow what you can do today! This is the same man who discovered electricity. He had more people, probably not in his present, but the future would heed him for his assertion. I don’t know why we put things off, but this has a lot to do with fear: fear of failure, fear of rejection, fear of pain or it’s all about the fear of making a decision altogether because what if you were wrong, what if you commit a mistake you can’t undo. Whatever it is we are afraid of one thing holds true: that by the time the pain of doing it gets worse than fear of not doing it, it can feel like grappling with a giant ogre.

It’s like they say: the early bird catches the worm; he who hesitates is lost. We cannot pretend we haven’t been told. We have all heard from the philosophers at schools and from our grandparents ever since we were toddlers. We have heard the poets urging us to seize the day. Still, sometimes, we have to see for ourselves, we have to make our own mistakes; we have to make our own lessons. We have to sweeten up tomorrow’s possibilities for today’s sake, until the moment we actually learn what Benjamin Franklin actually meant that knowing today is better than wondering tomorrow: That waking up to realize one’s dreams is better than sleeping. And that even the biggest mistake, the most intractable mistake beats the hell out of never trying!

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One thought on “The Fear of Tomorrow”

  1. Well written! I think fear comes later. The primary reason for putting things off until tomorrow is ‘laziness’ 😉

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