One interesting and odd fact about me is that I am a huge Patsy Cline fan. She sang a song titled “Stop, Look, and Listen”. I was reminded of this song when I was on my lunch break today. I went into a cafeteria style restaurant at the height of rush hour. The servers were moving fast and making quick and rapid movements. They were spilling things, bumping into each other, and hearing the customers’ orders incorrectly. Often, they had to stop what they had started to either clean up something or start completely over. Sometimes it is not worth the rush.
Another instance of something very similar happened a few years ago. I was on my way to class and could see a car behind me weaving in and out of each lane, passing every car in front of it. Soon the car was behind mine riding closely and recklessly darting back and forth in an attempt to pass me. When the car was in the lane right next to me, I could see that the driver was a woman in my class. She sped down the road in front of me as I continued on. When I got to the school parking lot, she pulled into the parking space beside me. AT THE SAME TIME. She did all of that and we got there at the same time. Actually, I was there a few moments before. Then when I got to class, she came in late!
My point is we use so much energy rushing when we could just take our time. When we rush, we are anxious, we make mistakes, we could cause accidents, and still not have the result we are in such a hurry to get. This is not only when we are in a hurry to get somewhere or do something. This is the same with life in general. We can miss so much. make mistakes and even get further behind when we are rushing.
I would like to challenge all of us to just stop, look, and listen.