Hurry up and wait

| October 8, 2010 | 3 Comments

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.

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  1. Mary Ann says:

    I, too, used to be a fast mover. Age has had something to do with slowing me some but it has been a hard lesson to learn. I want to tell you though that it is worth it. Slow is wonderful! I know it isn’t easy but I also know you will be glad you did it. Good luck.

  2. Oh, Debbie – this is a delightful post! And, I am happy to hear that you’ll be taking some time to slow down and even sometimes just sit. I hear it’s quite lovely! ;-)

  3. Helen Medve says:

    As a fellow “busy bee” who used to measure my days by how much I accomplished, I can sympathize! It IS a deliberate step (and sometimes a hard one) to take to “slow down and smell the roses”, but well worth it!