A lot of us say that because we’re late we’re in a hurry. But on

mortality’s clock who among us knows how much time we have? And

if time is precious, surely it is too precious to race through the

moments barely acknowledging or paying attention to the moment –

or to the events and/or people in the moment.

John Lennon quipped, “Life is what happens while we’re making

plans.” Thank you John, I think we can plan on that.

Nevertheless, we all do make plans, but even the late General

Eisenhower liked to remind his senior officers, “Planning helps, but plans almost never work.”

My mother liked to say, “If you want to give God a good laugh tell Her

your plans.”

And the sage Japanese proverb advises, “When you’re in a hurry go slowly.”

In my book JACOB THE BAKER, Jacob sees a man who is always

rushing through his day.

“Stop and talk with me,” says Jacob to the man.

“Jacob, I have no time, and you don’t understand. I am chasing


“Oh I understand,” said Jacob. “I am just wondering if you knew that

success has been chasing you and hoping you’ll slow down so it

might embrace you.”

The 14 th Century poet HaFez, takes us down a parallel road to

wisdom with this signpost, “Ever since happiness heard your name it

has been running through the streets trying to find you.”

If we anthropomorphize the best in life then let us imagine that he or

she is standing under a street lamp waiting, tapping his or her toe,

and wondering why we presume inner happiness must be chased to

be caught, or is found by hurrying our pace.

We do not have the time we have. Only God owns; the rest of us rent.

The time we are lent is too precious to throw it away in the confusion

of owning the moment.

The faster we go in life the sooner life is a blur.

None of us have the time to be in a hurry.

- Noah benShea

Henry Rosas