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Rush Hour Remedy
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One warm and sunny day when I was nine years old, my younger brother and sister and I were playing in front of our house. I still remember seeing my six-year-old brother race by on his bike heading straight for my two-year-old sister who was sitting on the sidewalk. To this day, nobody knows why he didn’t stop or drive around her. Instead, he ran over her and broke her leg. The best explanation I have been able to come up with is, he was in a hurry and not paying attention.

In a Big Hurry

The frightening thing is that we all do this from time to time but not always with disastrous results. The truth is that many of us function in a frenzy. We have so much to do and only so much time to do it in that we think we have to rush everywhere. Whether driving the freeways, pushing our baskets through the supermarket or hustling down the hallways of our workplace – we’re just in too big a hurry to get where we’re going. And once we get there, we don’t even pause long enough to enjoy it. Instead, we speed on to the next appointment, errand or task.

Life is not meant to be lived this way! Every moment is meant to be savored and enjoyed. Take a deep breath. Look around and notice what the Creator has put before us to enjoy this day: the warmth of the sun, a gentle breeze, a baby bunny darting into the bushes, a butterfly flitting from flower to flower, the smile of a friend, a delicious meal, a full moon. The list is endless. But some of us miss it all in our stampede to accomplish and acquire.

One day each of our lives will be over. When that time comes, it is my guess that we won’t wish we had spent more time rushing. Instead, we will wish we had spent more time enjoying.

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