This famous English saying consists of a counsel of discretion. A timely action many times helps in an averting immense loss. Early measures mean fewer endeavors, enhanced success and less chance of damage or loss.
There is a slight fissure in your attire; if you put in a few timely stitches, further damage may well be thwarted.
Likewise, if you do not attend to your studies in time, you are in deep trouble when examination time nears, and the harm is beyond fix.
If a small banyan tree emerges from the crevices of your dwelling; uproot it immediately to save your house and any holdup means enormous loss, probably eventual destruction.
A river is cutting into its bank; by quick action, it might be possible to impede soil erosion but to stay indifferent invites calamity.
Promptness in action means gain; delay means loss; in small things as in big, in one’s family as in business, in all situations.
William Shakespeare rightly says—
The patient dies while the physician sleeps;
The orphan pines while the oppressor feeds;
Justice is feasting while the widow weeps;
Advice is sporting while infection breeds.
However, an average man is laid-back and lethargic. He rarely likes to perform a task today when it can postpone it until the next day.
This makes him very ordinary and this practice of not performing a task in time, of delaying and putting it off, grows from early childhood.
While we are redundant, time passes by and openings are wasted. Procrastination is a rebate to weakness; to give it any approval is to promote weakness.
“Never leave it till tomorrow what you can do today,” aptly said Benjamin Franklin.
However, there is one situation when action can be delayed. It is when you find that any measure is unconsidered as it is useless. In such a situation, it is wise to wait, to contemplate and then decide upon.
Hence, as an upshot, we may add, -- never forgo prudence to promptitude. Above all, never do anything on an impulse or hurry.