The word later has been given a bad rap for signifying a casting aside of tasks that need to get done. It has been synonymous to procrastination which is such a no no with today’s productivity junkies. When someone says to you “later” you start to think that what you asked for is not important enough to merit immediate action.

I am starting to view later though as a reminder to be fully present and immersed in the task on hand. I silently utter it when I find myself beset by worries or thinking about all the things that I need to get done. It is a mental reminder that later will take care of itself if I take care of what is in front of me. Later now becomes a mantra to pay attention.

I remember reading somewhere that there really is nothing wrong or amiss about the present. It is as it should be. It is our rumination about the past and fretting about the future that make this present seem bleak and problematic. So I shall endeavour to say yes to later and focus on the ebbs and flow of every present moment.

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