Are you in a hurry today? Have you spent any time this morning rushing to get somewhere or hurrying others along, perhaps the car in front of you in morning traffic or the person in front of you at your local coffee shop? What’s the rush? And do you really believe you can will the world to move faster if you grip the steering wheel tighter or mutter under your breath as they decide between a medium and a large latte. Slow down and accept where you are.

As a parent I used to find myself constantly telling my children to hurry up. It started in the morning with hurry up and take a shower, hurry up and eat, hurry up and get dressed, blah blah blah all the way through the end of the day with hurry up and go to bed. And even after saying hurry up several times a day we still ended up with things being done in the same amount of time. So I stopped rushing them and now we just get there when we do. The best part is that we’re all a lot happier when we get where we have to be, however the stress of the constant rush is gone.

I’m not advocating being late for events, meetings etc. What I am saying is that living in a state of constant hurry takes a physical toll on you and those around you. So, the next time you find yourself trying to will the person in front of you to move faster, take a deep breath and allow for the event to unfold. You’ll probably get to where you needed to at the same time, but you might just arrive a little happier.

“Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished.” – Lao Tzu

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