Almost all of the modern world is in a rush, constantly hurrying, however hardly any individuals have any idea exactly where they are going in their lives. To be at peace with ourselves and take pleasure in life, we have to quit hurrying continuously.
Individuals dash to arrive at the next circumstance that has virtually no genuine meaning for them, or that they truly don’t even wish to participate in. Urgency is the tempo of the twenty-first century; hurrying has turned into an ailment of really dangerous levels. Many of us rush a great deal, we ultimately arrive at the place where we simply can’t relax.
Life is too precious to rush through it. I find at times that a day has gone by in a blur; at the conclusion of it I know I was very busy all day yet cannot really remember enjoying much, if any, of it.
It is permissible to enjoy our morning coffee or tea without feeling we must hurry to get to the next thing. We can get dressed calmly without rushing. We can leave the house in a timely fashion, without frantically running out the door already behind schedule. Rushing is a bad habit, but we can break bad habits and form good ones to replace them.
The way we get a day started is important. Often how we start is how the entire day goes. If you allow the “hurry-up” spirit to grab you early in the day, everything within you gets into high gear, and you will never seem to slow down or really relax the rest of the day. Hurry creates pressure that in turn creates stress.
Stress is the root cause of many illnesses and is therefore something each one of us desperately needs to resolve. Pace is very important in life. Our pace not only affects us but others around us. People who are always in a rush are usually short-tempered and impatient. They certainly don’t minister peace.
In fine-dining restaurants, the hostess who seats people walks very slowly while leading customers to their tables. The waiters or waitresses don’t rush the table for orders; they give you plenty of time to think. I am sure this is because they want the customers to enjoy their experience, and they know that will not be possible if they are rushed.
Our pace of living affects the quality of our lives. When we eat too fast, we don’t properly digest our food; when we rush through life, we don’t properly digest it either. Life has been bestowed unto us as a gift, and what a pitiful shame to do nothing but rush through each day and never, as they say, “stop to smell the roses.” Each thing we do in life has a sweet fragrance, and we should learn to take it into ourselves and enjoy the aroma.
Rushing Begins in the Mind
Rushing begins in the mind, just as all actions do. “I have to hurry” is a thought pattern we should avoid. When other people say to us, “Hurry up!” we can learn to resist following their suggestion or demand. It unsettles us and makes us feel rushed when thoughts constantly fly through our minds, one following upon another (especially thoughts that go in many different directions).
Those of us who have a bad habit of rushing need to decide that we don’t have to do this. We can do only one thing at a time! When we hurry, we make more mistakes and often forget things that end up costing us more time than we would have used had we maintained a godly pace.
Did you know that you can think things on purpose? You can choose what you think about, and by doing so you help assure what your actions will be. Yes, you can purposefully think thoughts such as I don’t have to hurry. I have time to do whatever I need to do. Speaking such affirmations out loud is also helpful.
Positive statements help give direction for future actions. Get up in the morning, and as soon as you feel rushed, say, “I am glad I don’t have to hurry. I have all the time I need. I will do things today at a pace that enables me to enjoy each task.”
If we feel hurried, we usually say, “I am so sick and tired of hurrying all the time! That is all I ever do: hurry, hurry, hurry.” Statements like those may be facts describing the way things are, but circumstances don’t have to stay that way. I repeat, say what you want, not what you have. Peace of mind must precede peace in our lives.
Contemplating excessively about every little thing we need to carry out sets the wheels in motion for hurrying. We frequently come to feel bogged down whenever we visualize all the time to come will demand of us. This sort of thought process is known as anxiety. Once we invest the present moment trying to sort out the next day, when we attempt to live tomorrow now, even though simply in our heads, we feel burdened and start to forfeit tranquility.
We will never enjoy the peaceful and fruitful lives unless we learn to think right. Food for thought: Where the mind goes, the man follows.
Learn to Live with Margin or Slack
Living without margin is one of the main reasons we feel we need to hurry. To live with margin means to leave room on either side of planned events or appointments to take care of unexpected things that come up. We seem to plan our days in an unrealistic way, as if everything will go exactly according to our plans and desires, which it never does. One unplanned phone call or traffic jam can change our entire timetable. One set of misplaced car keys can upset a whole day’s scheduling.
Having breathing room between planned events of the day is healthy, and it is actually mandatory if one is intending to enjoy his or her life.
One of the worst things a person can become is a busy man or woman. I have noticed upon meeting people and asking how they are that most respond, “Busy,” and many say, “Tired.” Surely life is meant to be more. If our testimony of life is “I’m busy and tired,” that is very sad indeed.
Margin is another word for wisdom. It makes absolutely no sense to live without it, and nothing truly succeeds without it. We know from experience that we always encounter things we did not plan for, so why not plan for the unplanned, which is what margin is?