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Tuesday, November 01, 2011 @ 10:18:00 AM - Written by Doug Hignell -

I am tired of always being in a hurry. I want to change, but change seems almost impossible. It has been a way of life as long as I can remember. Even as a kid I didn't want to miss anything. I filled every waking moment with something to do, or even two things to do.

I am sure there are many reasons for this "hurry sickness" but near the top is an unrealistic expectation of what can be accomplished in a set length of time. I am not sure I can remember a day that I accomplished everything I set out to do, but I keep on trying!

Another difficulty is not keeping adequate breaks between time specific responsibilities. Try as I might to have adequate breaks between appointments, as other demands pop up I often fill them in without thinking about the consequences. In addition we all face the rapid pace of society, the expectations of others, and the sense that we need to do it all or we will miss out or disappoint someone for not responding more efficiently.

If you have read previous blogs you know that I have been slowing down my overall pace by taking more days away from work and other normal activities. This has been an eye opening experience. Even on "rest" days if I am not careful I fill them with too many good activities. The contrast between "rest days" and my normal pace has become very apparent. For the first time I realize I no longer enjoy the adrenalin rush and the stress of a fast pace from morning to night. There is also the reality that as I age my body will not continue at this pace.

A quote in "One Thousand Gifts" by Ann Voskamp has been good food for thought.

"Being in a hurry. Getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me. I cannot think of a single advantage I've ever gained from being in a hurry. But a thousand broken and missed things, tens of thousands, lie in the wake of all the rush. Through all that haste I thought I was making up time. It turns out I was throwing it away."*

Funny isn't it? As you or I read this quote I am sure we can identify with it, but tomorrow we will most likely go right on with too fast a pace. If we do, we will miss the gift of entering into what is in front of us, and the intimacy with God that we so long for.

*Mark Buchanan, The Rest of God: Restoring Your Soul by Restoring Your Sabbath (Nashville: Nelson, 2007), 45.

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