Do you have hurry sickness?


Have you got hurry sickness?

That has become a regular question in my home whenever anyone is impatient or irritated with another’s slowness. Sometimes I am asking myself. That is a rhetorical question! Some times I am asking my husband or someone else.

The symptoms have become all too familiar to us. We are more self-aware than we were years or even months ago. I’ve been told that self-awareness is a good thing, although sometimes I wish I was not so knowledgeable of my flaws and weaknesses.

Hurry is characterized by
continual rushing and hustle;
an overwhelming and continual sense of urgency and anxiousness.

As I have shared the message of unhurried living with others, some are quick to recognize and admit their own hurry sickness. Some are resistant to the idea, but become more convinced the more they think about it. Some people are VERY sick while others are less affected.


Do you…?

  • work extra hours or finish work at home
  • hear from people: “I don’t want to bother you because I know how busy you are”
  • get flustered with delays and interruptions
  • often exceed the speed limit or weave to find the fastest lane
  • skip vacations
  • feel like you are always in the slowest line

WATCH THIS:   Mice Queue Video (1:37)

No matter the gravity of the sickness, the side effects are serious, so the question is worth asking… Do you have hurry sickness?

6 thoughts on “Do you have hurry sickness?

  1. Terry, I get that sickness often and actually have to ask myself, “Why are you walking so fast, Alice?!” That slows me down and helps me “smell the flowers” along the way. Love the clip! I have seen it before and identify with it. 🤔


  2. I was discussing this a couple of nights ago with one of my kids. We actually were talking about how it seems to be a societal “pride” thing to be able to tell people how busy you are. I honestly don’t think we are that busy, but we “feel” we are too busy. I loved the list you had. Well, loved may not be the right feeling….I “related” to your list. I have to admit I went ouch at the “I hate to bother you because I know how busy you are”…. I hear that, but I don’t want to be perceived as being so busy I can’t help someone. Thank you for the list and food for thought this week. I’m going to go lick my wounds and try to prepare myself for the next post….. 😉


    • How awesome to be talking to your children about these things now… giving them opportunity to develop healthy patterns for the future! You and I – on the other hand – have some re-programming to do! 🙂


  3. Yes, it is a new vocabulary in our home. The self-awareness and acknowledgement is half the battle. It gives a definitive diagnosis of the problem. So, I think I am a little better overall, but generally much more aware of the sickness. You can’t change what you don’t know. And I know I still have a long way to go, but I know I will get better because “the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all people…” (Titus 2:11) – so I got that going for me, and I get to live with the Unhurried Living author lady! 😲


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