On Hurrying

On Hurrying

Hurrying from one thing to the next

used to feel good,

Like a person was important and in demand,

like things were happening in one’s life.


Hurrying makes one look ahead to the next thing,

Multitask, multitask, multitask

and forget to be here. Now.

Hurrying means there is too much to do and not enough time to think about

why we are trying to get so much done,

and why we don’t have much time to do what we enjoy,

or notice the beauty around us.

Right now.

Why do we honk at the deer in the road, not slowing down,

willing them to leap out of our way?

Why don’t we stop to look,

to be where we are

and appreciate these beautiful creatures

who appeared in the road like an unexpected gift,

a special surprise?

Why not stop, look at them

and be a few seconds late,

but full of joy

because we see their beauty?

Perhaps hurrying makes us miss even more.

Perhaps hurrying makes us even less important

and less a part of this world.

Be where you are

and see what is around you


Caterpillar, Taking Its Time

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