Well… three weeks into my renewed blogging rhythm, focusing primarily on unhurried living… and I can’t keep up! Or – better said – I didn’t slow down enough to do what I said I would do. I was too busy, not sleeping enough, and too tired to sit and reflect and clearly express my thoughts.
Ever feel like a failure? Ever feel like a hypocrite?
My guess is that your answer is a resounding “YES!”
The truth is that none of us is perfect, and we often set unrealistic goals for ourselves and leave no margin for unexpected interruptions or changes of plans. Learning to live unhurried continues to be a work in progress for me – it will be for you too.
One strong motivator for me to continue on this journey is recognizing the impact of my choices – not just for me, but also for the others connected to me.
Mark Buchanan says, “My biggest regret in life… being in a hurry… getting to the next thing without fully entering the thing in front of me. I cannot think of a single advantage I’ve ever gained from being in a hurry. But a thousand broken and missed things, tens of thousands, lie in the wake of all that rushing.”
When I am doing well with unhurried living – or any other positive life choice, my attitude, energy, and interactions with others benefit also. I feel better about myself, and that improves the optimism, motivation, patience, and hope that I have and I reflect to others.
When I am not doing as well, I am typically more discouraged, frustrated, irritated, and ashamed. These attitudes inevitably get projected onto others through my critical spirit, impatience, withdrawal, and distracted interactions. I do not live in a bubble, and when I am not rested, refreshed, and at peace… others pay the price.
So, I am getting back on track today and looking forward to my reading time tomorrow. I’ll leave you with a great quote from a new book I started last Monday called “The Sacred Slow” by Alicia Britt Chole. I’ve just started it, but I liked it quite a bit already!
Ours is a hurried age in which speed is deified and waiting is demonized.
Ours is a cluttered age in which noise is the norm and images constantly clamor for our attention.
And in our hurried, cluttered age, faster has become synonymous with better, and experience has become a substitute for relationship.
The problem, however, is that faster experiences do not produce better relationships with people or with God.
How do you overcome feeling like a hypocrite and get back on track with your good goals?
What choices can you make today so that others benefit from your unhurried life?