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medium_5844994349Before my husband met me, he had already heard of me and seen me walking around campus — where he worked & I studied. Apparently I had a very specific walk — he says it’s more akin to running than walking.

It always has been…

I’m incredibly well-versed & good at rushing. I can get a lot of things done in a small amount of time.

And for years, I would do it — without thinking at all about the consequences of rushing, of doing everything in one day — that could be spread out over four. Consequences like not being able to slow down — even when you want to; or not doing everything very well, since you’re just out to get it done; or feeling prideful because I accomplished a lot of work, on my own, in a day’s time.

Sometimes we have to rush — I get it.

But most of the time — or maybe, for some folks, just a little bit of time, we don’t.

Ann Rose Meeds from Catholic Stand says, “Too often our hurrying is not motivated by following God’s direction, but striving to fulfill our own desires. Pride of being so important, longing to be respected, fear of having a reputation as lazy, and a warped desire to control life all cause people to pack their days full. Unfortunately, this business often leaves out time for simply being and sitting with God.”

She says, “With our busy lives that mirror how society shows us to live, we must find time to stop and just be. The art of being in the moment and just experiencing that time might sound like a strange new-age concept, however, that does not need to be the case. As Catholics, we should not only think ahead to heaven with joy and back to past to gain wisdom but also remain in the present with thankfulness for each moment.”

You can read more here.

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