Thursday, August 21, 2008

Slow the hell down

I think people move too fast.  Somewhere along the line we got that idea that everything has to be done yesterday.  

There is nothing that has to be done yesterday.  

There's no reason for speed-walking down the hallway for a meeting that will start five minutes late anyway.  There's no excuse to rush through a meal.  There's no sense in blistering down the highway at 80 miles an hour when everyone you passed will catch you at the next construction zone anyway.

I had an opportunity at work that I passed up because I didn't want to re-enter the "I-need-it-yesterday" world.  It was a reporting gig, mining the data generated in my department and developing reporting and running existing reports for a growing number of clients within corporate and in the retail field.  The person who was doing the job told me that, one day, the director came to him and told him that a new report was a priority.  Shortly after that, she told him this other report was a priority.  Some time later she said, "Forget what I said.  This one I need now!"

I don't care what anyone says, that kind of crap doesn't need to happen.  Nor does anyone need to blast down the highway.  Or cut me off with their shopping cart at Target to get a can of peas before me.

If I had my way, everyone would take a deep breath and stroll leisurely to their next destination.  They would enjoy the sunlight, the heat of the summer day and meander.  Life goes by fast enough; let us not rush it.

And while we're at it, let's enjoy the speed limit for a change.

What do you say?  Just this once?

You might even like it.  Lord knows I do.

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