Five Minute Friday - hurry

Every Friday we unite for five minutes. Only five minutes, that's all we get, that's all we have. And then, right where we are, no edits or second thoughts, we publish those words. This week, we write on hurry.

It's such a nice feeling to not be in a constant rush. To not go from one to the next to the other to the next.
It's really calming to not be hurried.

I lived for so many years in a constant state of busy and hurry.
Hurry to the next meeting, put out the next fire, hurry to write this grant, have this conversation, talk about the numbers, look things over and over.
I was in a constant state of hurry-up! And therefore, a constant state of panic.
It's really calming to not be hurried.

When you are in this rush, this worry, this concern of being late...are you ever really listening? Are you ever just there, taking anything in?
When you're always worried about making it to the next "thing" are you really involved with what is in front of you?
Where does your mind go?
It's certainly not being careful, considerate, or slow to react.
Certainly not rooted in the work you need to do just right now.
It's really calming to not be hurried.

It feels like you are in a constant scramble and at one point do you get to unclench, take a breath, or sit in any silence?
Certainly not when you are feel like time is running out so go go go!
It's really calming to not be hurried.

I wasted so much time thinking about my next thing.
I wore my busy badge of honor like a force.
I kept up with a pace that was not sustainable and it wasn't.
And now, I have learned my lesson and will not go back to who I was.
It's really calming to not be hurried.

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