According to my unscientific calculations, if every car would pull away as soon as the traffic light changes to green, I could save 48 whole seconds a day! The reason this is so significant is not because I am late – on the contrary, I am often way too early for appointments. It’s not because the stores are about to close and I need an important provision. The real down and dirty is that I have no patience for those who move more slowly. The thought of wasting time drives me nuts.
As long as I can remember, I have done everything quickly. In school I was always the first to finish tests – in fact I skipped the 10th grade because the principal walked by as I was filling out an application form and he saw how fast I was writing and told me I could jump to 11th grade! True story. (My grades probably had something to do with this, too!)
Faced with the challenge of taking a risk a day, I have become aware that sometimes I’m allowed to just be and not do. This reminds me of a poster I once saw that says, “Sometimes I sit and think, and sometimes I just sit.”
My intentional risk is to slow down, spend that extra 48 seconds (plus more) reflecting, being thankful, and enjoying the scenery, even if it is the taillights of the car in front of me.
So the next time you are behind a slowpoke, don’t honk your horn – it just might be me.
Debbie Kerr lives up to her name, which means “bee.” She is busy, productive, efficient, beneficial to others, a team player and goal oriented. Her passion is designing and creating marketing materials, manuals, documents, presentations and social marketing campaigns. The job that brings her the most pride is raising four beautiful daughters. Visit her website at www.planbee.biz.
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