If you already do everything slowly, don’t read. Procrastinators or perfectionists might need to hear: “Hurry up already!”
Not everybody needs this advice.
I post it on my dresser periodically.
Because I need it.
I like speed.
Get this done so I can move on to that.
Especially if it’s something unpleasant. If I go as fast as possible, I’ll have more time for fun things.
But that can work against me. And against you.
Because if you need to talk to me during the time I’ve set aside for something else, you become a distraction.
And I don’t want to see you as a distraction.
I want you to see you as a blessing.
Not that schedules and efficiency are bad things. They’re not. In many ways they make smoother relationships possible.
But I need to think twice about what I’m being efficient about. And why.
Some things don’t call for efficiency.
They call for attentiveness.
Schedules aren’t boss.
And if God is saying, “Slow this life down,” then I need to hit the brakes.
- So instead of rushing through the grocery store, I want to stop for friends I run into.
- Instead of feeling irritated about midnight awakenings, I want to be grateful for more time alone with God.
- And instead of wishing someone would finish telling their story more quickly, I want to gift them with time to hear their heart.
I want to see interruptions as invitations, not as irritations.
To be aware. To pay attention. To relate.
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What reminds you to slow down? Please share.
- My reading list for May ’14
- Do some heart surgery