In a recent Chip Ingrim podcast he said that one of the best ways to avoid stress is to eliminate hurry from your life. He was so determined to make this change in his life that for 2 years he chose to drive only in the slow lane and to stand in the longest line at the grocery store. That's one way to teach yourself patience!
The more I thought about it, I realized that many of the times I'm rushing around it's to accomplish a to-do list that I've created, but which isn't really necessary. Maybe it's time to lower my expectations a little in order to enjoy life more.
Here are some of Chip's observations...
When I'm in a hurry I don't notice the flowers blooming alongside the road.
When I'm in a hurry there seems to be more irritating drivers on the road than normal.
When I'm in a hurry I don't strike up friendly conversations with those around me.
When I'm in a hurry I avoid people, places, and things that take time, energy, and effort.
When I'm in a hurry I pretend not to see the person behind me in line who only has a few items while I have a cart full of groceries.
When I'm in a hurry I rush through the day and I rush by people.
When I'm in a hurry I don't ask people how they really are. Or if I do, I don't stick around to hear the answer.
When I'm in a hurry my devotional life is a task to get done instead of a time to treasure.
When I'm in a hurry I'm abrupt with people.
When I'm in a hurry it feels like life is a race to be run.
When I'm in a hurry I get angry more easily and more often.
When I'm NOT in a hurry I enjoy my food more.
When I'm not in a hurry I smile more and just feel calmer.
When I'm not in a hurry life seems to be more enjoyable and less stressful.
When I'm not in a hurry I'll ask about others, about themselves, how they're doing, and I actually like hearing what they have to say.
When I'm not in a hurry my times in prayer are more meaningful.
When I'm not in a hurry things don't bother me as much. I'm more patient, loving, understanding, and tolerant.
To which I will add...When I'm not in a hurry I more accurately reflect the character of Jesus.