NONE OF US HAVE THE TIME TO BE IN A HURRY
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
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