31 Days {day 12}: Quit the race

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image via Volume 25
image via Volume 25

“Hurry up!” are the two most detested words in my repertoire these days.

These words clunk out of my mouth as small hands grope about for a jacket sleeve.  When small feet pause to negotiate the leap from minivan to ground.  When small mouths are slow to chew, suck, and swallow.

These words are the “Flight of the Bumblebees” symphony of my daily life, charging each moment with a stinging urgency as I race from point A to B to C and back to A again (because I probably forgot something there).

These words tell me something I desperately need to attend to: I’m too busy.

Too busy to pause and smell the rich perfume of fall leaves.  Too busy to wipe away hot chocolate mustaches.  Too busy to treat myself to an extra chapter of a novel.

When I hear myself bark, “Hurry up,” I’m charging myself to take note.  What is it that has me in its rat-race clutches?  What urgent thing is taking undue precedence over an important thing?

The antidote to “Hurry up” is “Simplify.”  Slow down.  Purge.  Relax.  Detach.  Unplug.  Linger.

Because don’t I know how the fable ends?  The tortoise eventually gets to the finish line too.  And with better results.

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  1. Hyacynth said:

    Simply, I love the way you write. It’s beautiful and truthful and endearing and unique. Lovely! What a gift you have! Happy to connect with you via FMF!

    October 12, 2012
  2. Felecia said:

    “Hurry Up” is hard out of a Momma’s mouth because it’s a clear sign she’s angry – frustrated – perturbed – anxious – take your pick … none of it good. Love that you explored that today.

    October 12, 2012

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