There is a particular line, in the lyrics of a favorite song of ours, ‘Time in a Bottle’ by Jim Croce. The lyric is ‘there never seems to be enough time to do the things you want to do once you find them.’ Upon the first consideration, the lyric feels so true. We can feel the stress of anticipation for all the things we want to do as we sing along. Yet, the keyword in the lyric is ‘SEEMS.’ Why is it that once we get the inspiration to do something, we feel rushed to achieve it? Is it because of the seemly lack of time imagined in our minds.
When we go for a hike on a mountain, we take one step at a time enjoying the scenery, listening to the birds and experiencing the nature. We seldom concern ourselves about getting back to the car or home. The goal of the hike is the journey and experiences along the way. If the goal was to push through the walk so we can get to the end and leave, why go at all?
As we create our busy life and purposeful goals, we can enjoy the achievements and experiences along the way. The joy is in the journey of creation. We have a family saying. When we are in a rush, slow down. Time is lost when we are in a hurry. Experiences are glazed over. Opportunities are overlooked. Most importantly errors can be made. So we slow down, look for answers and experience the wonder of all.
Another line that strikes a chord, no pun intended, goes, ‘If I had a box just for wishes and dreams that had never come true. The box would be empty, except for the memory, of how they were answered by you.’ The last line could be changed to ‘of how they were answered by ME.’ It is up to ourselves to answer our dreams and wishes as it should be.
So we can slow down, answer our dreams and enjoy the journey.
When in a RUSH… Slow Down. Life is not a race to the finish line.
Be Well, Have Gratitude and Spread Goodwill