Is the whole world in a hurry? Try standing on a bustling city street and you may be swept away like a piece of driftwood. Or driving the speed limit on a country road. I’ve pulled off to the shoulder to allow a truck on my bumper to pass. Let him get the ticket, I’ve told myself. Plus, I want to see the scenery! Wasn’t that my motivation for driving this route instead of the freeway?
Can you think of anyone who doesn’t hurry? Even the Amish. One evening in Lancaster County, PA, I watched an Old Order Amish farmer harvest his corn late into the night. Why the rush? Hurricane Sandy had been predicted and did arrive 24 hours later.
I dislike being late, causing me to rush around getting ready to leave the house. How is it that my punctual husband can shower, get dressed, and be out the door in ten minutes? We’ve laughed that even when we leave late we arrive on time. What we call chronically punctual, for laughs. However, some people are habitually late. That would stress me no end.
It feels so good to relax after a hectic day, but when I try to shut off my brain my mind often spins as I recall the projects I left undone or phone calls I’d forgotten to make. My must-do list continues to grow. Causing more anxiety, which can’t be good for my health.
Have you developed a method to slow down, but still get things done? To counteract the stress caused by hurrying but never catching up?
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