Thursday, March 17, 2011

twenty two.


For 'tis not enough to have good faculties, but the principal is, to apply them well. The greatest Souls are as capable of the greatest Vices, as of the most eminent Vertues: And those who move but very slowly, may advance much farther, if they always follow the right way; then those who run and straggle from it.

From as early as Aesop's Fables, we've heard the story of the tortoise and the hare. The idea of "slow and steady wins the race." We live in a fast paced world. A world so fast that customers have been driven to an almost maniacal rage if their ever-so-precious iced venti dirty chai latte isn't in their hands within five minutes. A world where catching a red light is almost surely a sign of the Apocalypse.

It is this world that we must conquer. Go to bed half an hour earlier than normal. Wake up even earlier. Make breakfast. Leave for work an extra ten minutes early. Allow the person that's inevitably late for work to merge in front of you. Do things the right way, instead of simply settling for the easier, rushed alternative.

It's amazing how much happier we can become if we would simply break from our scrambled schedules every once in a while. Find time to read that book you've been delaying. Pick up that guitar you got for your 16th birthday and learn how to play. Give your dog a break from the "wake, feed, sleep, feed, sleep, repeat" daily pattern by taking it to the dog park. Just...do. Don't think. Don't rush. Just do.

Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.

1 comment:

Cody said...

Thanks for taking the time to come visit last night.