What NOT to Do When You’re In a Hurry

It seems as if hurdles to overcome or unforeseen hitches always occur when you’re in a hurry.


For example, when you’ve got to be somewhere, it’s almost like there’s somebody watching your house and they see you leave so they immediately hit a “create congestion” button, and fifteen minutes into your twenty minute trip, your journey comes to a screeching halt. And the only person who’s amused is that guy, the one watching you on a traffic cam while he listens to Yanni or whatever meanies like that listen to.

And so you get frustrated, thinking, “Why can’t this be a Ferris Bueller moment when I get to where I need to be right on time?”

When we’re in a hurry, we do a lot of things that make matters worse as we push through every obstacle. And in our hurriedness, we leave a path of havoc that (sometimes) never gets fixed.

As a gentle reminder to myself and to you, here’s a list of what not to do when you’re in a hurry:

When you’re in a hurry, don’t run over people.
Whether you’re driving, walking, or riding an alpaca, running over others creates the mentality that you are more important than others. Consequently, it conveys the idea that you don’t respect others, their property, or their time.

When you’re in a hurry, don’t speed up.
Technically, you’ve already sped up, but slow your roll (not really sure how to use that, but I’ve always wanted to type it). Speed kills. Haven’t you ever sent those big, orange LED traffic signs on the road? When you accelerate, you’re more apt to lose control.

When you’re in a hurry, don’t lose focus.
I think the primary reason we get into a hurry is because somewhere down the line, we lost focus. We let our eyes off the end result. And so we speed up, or crash through obstacles, thinking that we’ll be able to compensate for our lack of focus. It’s like this guy at my church always says, “You can get through anything if you go fast enough.”
Hollywood has capitalized on this aspect of hurriedness. They put a chase scene in a movie, and the guy driving has to go faster, but he eventually ends up going so fast that he can’t see that oil tanker up ahead, or that little girl that randomly fell down in the middle of the road.
Your lack of focus will cause someone to get hurt.

When you’re in a hurry, don’t get frazzled.
My wife did a Bible study on being frazzled not too long ago. Ironically, the same situation would come up almost each week: either right before a session, or maybe a few days after, she would be frazzled. The hurriedness of life would make her frazzled, so we’d sit and talk about what her stressors were and how to stay calm.
When you are hurried, you usually trade the focus from emotional stability for a potential solution. The problem here is that you’ve now left your heart and mind wide open to new obstacles that you won’t feel like you have time to deal with. Why else do you think people are so tense after they’ve been in a hurry?
Instead, take 10 long seconds, breathe, and assess the situation. Be calm. Be cool.

What did i miss? (I may have been in a hurry when I wrote this)


3 thoughts on “What NOT to Do When You’re In a Hurry

  1. “it’s almost like there’s somebody watching your house and they see you leave so they immediately hit a “create congestion” button” Yeah that’s me………my bad 🙂

    Great post!

  2. Wow, great insight to a big problem that all of us have. Now if I can just remember it next time I’m in a hurry.
    Also when we are in s hurry, we miss the little things that God has put out there for us to enjoy. Like the beautiful bird flying by, or the sky and clouds that would maybe help with the stress. God provides these little things to give us a stress break.
    May we all slow down and “smell the roses” this week. I think God would delight in that.

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