The trouble with hurrying what to do about it

the trouble with hurrying and what to do about it

The trouble with hurrying and what to do about it

How often have you said, “Hurry up” today, or this week?

Maybe you just thought it? Perhaps instead you said, “I have no time” or “I can’t. I have too much to do.”

Do you really have no time? Often we repeat habits and unless we stop and evaluate it’s easy to keep going in a direction without noticing.


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The trouble with hurrying and what to do about it

I used to rush about, life felt like a constant effort with self-imposed lists and expectations. Today, while still achieving lots I have begun to consciously eliminate hurrying.

Have you noticed how often shop assistants say, “Sorry to keep you waiting?”

Do you look at the queue of people in the supermarket and choose the lane with the least people? How many times in a day do you ask, “How long will this take?”

Hurrying is a modern affliction, alongside lack of sleep and consumerism. Rest is the antidote to rushing and hurrying, and before you think, “Seriously, how can I rest?” keep reading, you do have time.


Take a break from hurrying:

Sense your feet as you read this article, wiggle your toes, turn your phone to silent and look around you. What do you see? Relax your jaw. If my asking you to stop while reading the last sentences felt annoying then it is perhaps time to make some changes in your life.


Rest is the one vitamin I’d give out free to every Canadian. Vitamin R for rest. Not necessarily days on end, but moments in each day where we can pause, rest and reboot.

Could you use your car less?

Life has become more busy and so many people are rushing, but for what? To do what?  Does it give us more time? In over committing ourselves to events or “must dos” we diminish the joy we can experience in all aspects of our lives.

For five years now, I have noticed that some people are always rushed and stressed. I’ve heard it so many times: “Once this is over, then I can relax.”

In the five years nothing has changed, might it be a habit?

Have you ever thought about consciously eliminating rushing? Going about your day with a “rush-free” focus. Try it for a day or a week. Put $0.10 in a jar every time you say: “I’m in a hurry” or “I don’t have time.”

The trouble with hurrying

Saint Francis de Salles said: “Never be in a hurry; do everything quietly and in a calm spirit. Do not lose your inner peace for anything whatsoever, even if your whole world seems upset.”

He also said: “Half an hour’s meditation each day is essential, except when you are busy. Then a full hour is needed.”

Meditation need not be sitting cross-legged, it could be moving meditation: walking the dog, folding clothing, chopping onions or packing shopping bags; something that you’re fully focused on, without distractions and with an unhurried spirit.


We need rest

Unless we schedule rest, time to disconnect, time to be in nature or enjoy a warm fire with friends, then we’re missing out on life’s riches, the non-monetary gems that make memories.

Myer Freidman, MD, a pioneering cardiovascular researcher at the University of California Medical Center in San Francisco [1] , noticed in his research how the negative emotions and behaviour associated with stress, especially hostility, time urgency, and insecurity, contributed to the onset of atherosclerosis and myocardial infarctions. Friedman coined the term “hurry sickness” where patients were struck with a “harrying sense of time urgency.”

Do you notice a harrying sense of time urgency creeping into society? Might it be time to focus on un-hurrying? It’s possible to make changes, and avoid being a victim to the hurry epidemic that is rampant in the modern world. We can’t rush a flower to bloom by hurrying it and prizing open the petals.

There are 18 days left of this year — don’t waste them by hurrying. See if you can do as Dallas Willard said: “You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”


Further reading, if you have time!

Unbusy and why we need to be unbusy

Rest, how to do it


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[1] Myer Friedman MD: