Rip Van Winkle and procrastination
While I was making coffee this morning I browsed through a book my daughter had left on the counter (~The Legend of Sleepy Hollow--Rip Van Winkle--The Spectre Bridegroom~ by Washington Irving, condensed and adapted by W.T. Robinson and K.R. Knight, illustrated by Alastair Graham. Dalmation Press, Franklin, Tennessee, 2002). It was a children's version of "Rip Van Winkle" and in it I found the following paragraph:
"Rip did have one weakness. He didn't like to work at the things he was ~supposed~ to do. But, he didn't mind staying busy doing other things. For instance, he would sit on a wet rock with a long heavy pole and fish all day, even when he got not one single bite. He would carry a gun on his shoulder for hours and tramp through woods and swamps to shoot a few squirrels or wild pigeons. He would help his neighbors with their work and run errands for the women of the village. In other words, he was ready to take care of anyone's work but his own. When it came to his own family matters and keeping his farm in good shape, he just could not do it." (p.96)
There you have it--demand resistance, time-binging, codependency, people-pleasing, putting own needs last (or out of the picture entirely), poor boundaries (his kids ran wild and all he did was play with them) and probably a huge dose of passive resistance (his wife was a horrible nag): how could the poor man NOT procrastinate! And his falling asleep for a hundred years--the ultimate procrastination. He procrastinated away his life (though getting drunk with ghosts is the putative reason for his sleeping spell). He must be our poster child! ;) A humorously cautionary tale--I hope I don't wind up procrastinating away my own life! :?