“I’m in a hurry to get things done. I rush and rush until life’s no fun.”
I used to get so mad at my older brother when he could drive and I couldn’t because he would get us to school with just enough time to sprint to class. I would get mad at my family when they made me late for church or a banquet, or going to eat. My father would get upset when we were late leaving for vacation. I don’t think that my family is that weird, though. I think there are lots of people who get upset because of being late.
There have been times that I ended up being very happy that I was late as well. A few examples would be when my girls and I were late heading to their school. We left five minutes after we intended to and missed being at the right spot for a wreck... by five minutes. I was late in taking off from a red light not long ago. The guy behind me honked and gestured something about me being number 1 right as a pickup barreled through the red light. I would have been hit if I had been on time. I can think of at least half a dozen times that being late made me safe and allowed me to continue being joyful. I can also think of 20 or more times that me being upset about being late wouldn’t have made any positive difference at all.
I am sharing this a day late because there are times when we need to just slow down and soak up the joy of being alive. We need to let go of the stress of trying to move things forward or being the first and just remember to be. Your homework assignment today is to take your time. Stop and smell the proverbial roses. And, be happy that you have the chance to keep on smiling.
To Your Success,
Jody is a writer, motivational speaker, consultant, and entrepreneur. He has been the keynote speaker at over 250 events around the world. Jody speaks more than 150 times per year at different programs, and he has given more than 10,000 speeches during his career.