Friday, July 30, 2010

In a hurry

"When God ripens apples, he doesn't hurry and he doesn't make a noise."

"Sometimes I wish I hadn't been in such a hurry to move forward.  There comes a point when it becomes impossible to go back."

"If you are in a hurry, you will never get there."

"Nature does not ever hurry.  Yet everything is accomplished."

"One of the great disadvantages of hurry is that it takes such a long time."

I'm not the most easy-going person you've met.  Just ask the Chairman or the ManyYoungPeople that live here.  I'm always in a rush.  A hurry.  Trying to get too many things done at one time.  Raising a family is daunting.  There are meals to make.  Clothes to wash.  Gardens to tend.  Houses to clean.  Dogs to walk.  Shopping to do.  Places to be.  A lot to do in any given day.

Today I told the MYP we should stop and get some of their school supplies for the upcoming year.  Experience has shown me that the prices go up as the start nears.  It seemed to be a good time to get some things since the prices are reasonable, the aisles mostly clear, and the shelves stocked.  I rushed us through the buying process.  Then we raced to buy a pile of goods at the local warehouse store.  Followed that up by tearing over to the corn stand.  Super-sweet, yummy corn.  It is the near the beginning of the season.  I ask the young guy taking my money when is the best time to freeze.  He says the next few weeks are good.  So I frantically think that Monday would be a good time to do the daunting task of husking, blanching, cutting, bagging the yummy stuff for the freezer.  Why Monday?  Because it is there and needs to be done!  I am impatient.  With life.  It can be a good thing.  And also not.  I have friends that live by the seat of their pants.  They are last-minute.  But somehow, it all gets done.  Their living.  And I secretly admire it.  So really in my haste, I'm always rushing to the next event.  The next task.  The next... whatever.  And maybe it isn't always the optimum way.  I need to stop and smell the flowers.  Hug the MYP.  Look into the Chairman's eyes.  Wrestle the dog.  Call someone I love.  And ask a friend how they are and really listen.  That's what matters in life.  Not all the unending tasks that will never get 'done'.


  1. Definitely wrestle the dog.
    ps- Love the pic at the bottom!

  2. I will miss our "hurried" drive to Seneca together this year. The boys and I are headed down on Wednesday and will come home on Friday.

  3. intriguing! Thanks for sharing!!