To get all there is out of living, we must employ our time wisely, never being in too much of a hurry to stop and sip life, but never losing sense of the enormous value of a minute. – Robert Updegraff
Do you find yourself wishing you had more time to slow down and enjoy life? You do have choices. Think about what you are doing or not doing because you are rushing. Thoreau said, “I have no time to be in a hurry.”
What is it costing you when you hurry? What is it doing to your quality of work, life, health, and your relationships?
Rushing feels good because we get an adrenalin high and a false sense of power and control. In reality, just the opposite is happening.
“Racing emotions actually rob you of the power you need to be self-commanding… That’s why learning to step out of the rush is the same as learning how to step into your own life,” says Ray Finley, Director of the Life of Learning Foundation.
Most of us try to leverage every moment at work, at home or school by packing everything possible into our lives. Something is bound to be messed up, damaged or forgotten when we pack too much in.
Hurrying makes us forget things, not because we have a bad memory, but because we are rushing and don’t think about everything we should.
Avoid many problems by determining your schedule for the next day at the end of the day. Assess what you are going to need and lay out things while you are thinking about the upcoming day.
Slowing down can be refreshing. Being able to do that depends on what you value and on your self-discipline. How can you take back some control of your time? Discern what is truly important first and tackle that priority.
“True wisdom lies in gathering the precious things out of each day as it goes by,” said E.S. Bouton. Make the right choice. Slow down and discover those precious things, moments and people in your life. You don’t have time to hurry. Relax and enjoy life.
What tips do you have to help slow down?
These thoughts are taken from my book, Discover What’s in Your Sandbox, Sand Castles? Weeds? Mud Pies? It’s now available on Amazon.com and will be available on Kindle and the Nook in about three weeks.