Nature Does Not Hurry

Posted on June 26, 2013. Filed under: Health, Philosophy | Tags: , , , , , , |

Photography - lemon thymeNature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. 

Lao Tzu
Do you find yourself always in a hurry?  My mom used to say, “Haste makes waste.”  I am often in a rush.  There is so much to do, but beyond that, it is a way to foster the illusion that I have control of my time.  Maybe my haste is actually wasting my day in that I am missing the small miracles.

I need to think about that more.  I am beginning to have what I am calling, “A low-expectation day (LED).”  Some days the list of what I want to get done is so big.  I feel good at the end of the day when I’ve accomplished some of it, but also bad that it is not all done.  This can make me feel out of control and unhappy.

Why do I do this to myself?  I am finding I get just as much done on a LED but I feel better because I don’t focus on those things that remain on the list.  I am beginning to say to myself, “Let’s see what happens today.”

Years ago I heard a speaker presentation on “The Art of Leaving Things Undone.”  I have never forgotten it and only now I am beginning to understand the wisdom of it.  When I make peace with the fact that things can remain undone, then I am free to slow my pace, relax into the rhythm of the day, and enjoy whatever is happening.

Yes, I said whatever is happening.  Even when there are frustrations, delays, and disappointments I am beginning to see that just being alive even for those things is such a gift.  I cannot see this when I am hurrying through a day.

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