I came across this very powerful paragraph in a book I’m reading, One Thousand Gifts: Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are by Ann Voskamp: ‘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 rushing…Through all that haste I thought I was making up time. It turns out I was throwing it away.
Gratitude Tip: What has ever been gained from being in a hurry? This paragraph illustrates so well how being in a hurry doesn’t serve us at all. Yet we all do it, some of us daily. Gratitude can help us to slow down and be more present in the moment. And when we are present, time actually seems to slow down around us and the stress of rushing melts away.
This really resonated with me. Mornings are often I time when I end up feeling rushed and there is no need for it. I am up in plenty of time to do my very elaborate morning routine, including writing this blog post. My daughter is usually pretty good at getting ready in the morning, thankfully, but on the morning when she is ‘behind’ I find myself trying to rush her. Have you ever noticed that trying to rush our kids doesn’t actually work? For my daughter, it makes things worse and she often ends up crying. She’s quite a sensitive soul and stress makes her emotional. And when I think about it, what’s the worst thing that happens if we are late? We miss the bus and I drive her to school – in two years it’s only happened once (because she had to go to the bathroom once we were at the bus stop, not because we were late). I commit to make an effort to let go of the stress of hurrying in the morning, as it always seems to work out and we are at the bus on time.
And in my own experience, I have also found that when I am rushing is when I make mistakes or miss the exit on the highway or take unnecessary risks. It doesn’t serve a purpose. I mentioned in a blog a few weeks back about how the more I trust in God in my life, the easy it is to let go of rushing, when I have faith that I will arrive exactly when I am meant to arrive. I still make an effort to arrive early wherever I go, as I believe that if you’re not early, you’re late, however when I come across a bit of traffic or am stuck at a few red lights, I will repeat to myself, I am going to arrive at exactly the right time. Interestingly, the last few appointments I have had with clients and potential clients at different coffee shops, I have been the first to arrive – even though I was a few minutes late. It always seem to work out exactly as it should.
Where in your own life do you find yourself rushing? How does it make you feel? What about the people around you? Would you be open to slowing things down a bit today and spending a few moments in gratitude the next time you feel as though you are in a hurry? Let me know how it feels.
Here we are at Day 40 of the #40daysofgratitudechallenge – the last few of us who stuck right to it until the end (with an extra day, since I did 33 twice!!). Congratulations to Kathy, Louise, Cheryl who stuck around right until the end. The very last special gift for the challenge will be for my mom, Louise. I’ll be sending her a beautiful colouring book and colouring pencils so that we can colour together from afar. And a very happy birthday to you mom (and your twin Suzanne) this Sunday the 13th.