We are in the “love month” – a perfect opportunity to talk about how love and unhurried living intersect. What does love have to do with unhurried living? E.V.E.R.Y.T.H.I.N.G.
Love has everything to do with unhurried living.
Our ability to love others well requires unhurried living. We demonstrate love through thoughtful intentionality, quality time, patience, focused attention, engaged listening, perseverance, and undistracted presence… all of which require a lack of hurry.
I do not love well when I hurry.
Some of the things I try to do to unhurry my time with others:
- remember people are valuable
- put my phone facedown and lock eyes with the person
- ignore the to-do list in my head
- breathe deeply and be present
- remember all those times when someone took time to listen to me
- stop multi-tasking or invite the person (child) to help
- relax and enjoy the time together
- If I am truly unavailable temporarily because of a deadline or lack of emotional bandwidth, ask to schedule a time as soon as possible
- leave margin in my day for unexpected interruptions
- trust that God is ultimately in control of what I do in a day
- repeatedly read over this list
Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible.
Living unhurried has all kinds of benefits for our health, our reflective thought processes, our decision-making, and our productivity. It only makes sense that unhurried living can also greatly benefit those we love.
How can you unhurry your love for others this month?