I’ve had a difficult time getting the creative juices flowing this week, and my mind has been a bit more muddled than usual for some reason. So, I’m hoping this little free writing session will help me out a little.
It’s been a long week. Work is a little busier as the calendar lurches on toward the summer months, and the summer heat is coming right along with it. I am not ready for that! See…I’m one of those weird southerners that prefer cooler weather. Spring time weather is about as warm as I want to feel. 65 to 75 degrees works just fine for me. Anything over 80 better have a stiff breeze coming with it, otherwise misery ensues. Why does summer have to hurry along so quickly?
Hey, there’s a topic. Hurrying. Let’s run with it and see where it takes us…
Do you ever just stop and think? And when you stop and think do you ever wonder why it is we are always in such a hurry? I say “we” as if you are in just as big a hurry as I am. Are you? I read a pithy meme on facebook sometime back that said something like “when did staying busy become such a glorified trait?” I agree wholeheartedly with that statement.
But it isn’t just being busy, it’s being in a hurry. Everything is a hurry nowadays. I find it sad, ironic, and a bit humorous that everyone pines for days gone by when life was perceivably easier and things moved more slowly. Yet, the same people that wax philosophical about those long, lost days move nonstop from sunrise, or before, to sunset, or beyond, and rarely slow down long enough to see the world that is around them.
Admiittedly, I can be the world’s worst about being in a hurry. When something has to be done, I need it done immediately. If it does not get done, then I stew over it and stew over it until it gets done, so I prefer to get it done and out of the way. When I have to get somewhere, I am in a hurry to get there in order to keep from being late. Lack of punctuality is probably my biggest pet peeve. I consider it incredibly rude to be tardy, me or anyone else.
But why? What is the point? What good does it do us, in the long run, to stay busy or in a hurry?
Personally, I feel much better when I am able to slow down and relax. Sure, there is satisfaction after being busy and completing a task, but there is just something about being able to sit, take a deep breath, and just look around at the world in which I live. I feel calm and collected. Then at some point, it begins all over again. A task presents itself and needs to be accomplished as quickly as possible, usually to be followed by another one. Instead of enjoying life, it becomes a contest. Get the task done in the appropriate amount of time, and I win!
What is the prize?
I previously posted about a list of things that we are supposed to do as we develop and our minds and bodies mature, but it seems like I forgot to add one…
Apparently, we are supposed to stay busy. I don’t know where that rule is written down, or any of the rules for that matter; but in order to be a good and decent person, we have to keep busy. We always have to be doing something “productive.”
It does feel good and satisfying to complete a task. The harder and more demanding the task, the better it feels when it comes to fruition. However, that pleasure does not come until I take a moment to slow down and reflect on what I did and how I did it. Why did I take on the task, though? And beyond its completion, is the task or the results of the task going to give me satisfaction? And how long is that satisfaction going to last?
All good questions I think, and I bet the answers are just as good. Of course, every task that I perform serves a very important purpose, brings immense satisfaction, and that satisfaction lasts ’til infinity and beyond. It’s true. Every bit of it.
Now my body is telling me that I better hurry up and get the coffee going so I can relax and enjoy it once it is done!
Have a great weekend!
I really enjoyed this post, and it resonated for me as well: I’m trying to practice mindfulness and gratitude in my life, and I notice that my busyness and hurrying often detract from that. The latter is particularly pernicious, in my case, as it distracts me from staying present in the moment (usually when I’m hurrrying, I’m fretting about something that’s in the very near future … thereby taking me out of the moment or cluttering it up with “noise.”
Thanks for the thought-provoking post.
You are welcome! And thank you for your comments! Mindfulness and gratitude often get lost in the hustle and bustle of my life as well. It saddens me when I slow down enough to think and realize how often the things most important tend to pass by because of the need to keep an eye on what is coming up next.