My younger son (almost two) has started to do something fascinating.
When I ask him to do something that he does want to do, he doesn’t say, “no.”
He says, “later.”
I know that I can do this too, in tasks I desire to have done, but often fail to start. Reaching out to a friend, thoughtfully planning for the future, general household maintenance… I don’t tell myself that I won’t do it. I say that I will do it later. This dynamic does not enhance my life.
“Later” can be a trap, a way to avoid a strenuous but generous path.