I found myself yelling at my son, we were late to school – again. He was going too slow, we would be late, and it was all HIS fault. I turned to look at my son in the rear view mirror, he was crying. There was only one thing I could say, “I’m sorry, I should not have yelled. We are late, but it is not your fault, it is MY fault.”
I am fast, I have always been fast. I have multi-tasking down to a science. I know how to prioritize, delegate, and produce results. If you want someone to figure out the most effective procedure or work flow, I am your woman! My brain is always trying to figure out how to do something better, faster, and most effectively. I try and shut it off, but I have learned that this an exercise in futility. It is just how God made me. One of the best ways to get things done quicker is to step up the pace. Why go 30 when you can go 90? That is why I could not understand why my son would not prefer to exchange 20 extra minutes of sleep for speeding up the pace to get ready.
But is that really the way to live?
Always rush, rush, hurry, hurry?
That winter day I made a deal with my son, I would wake him up 20 minutes earlier, he would get ready at a steady pace, and I would not yell. That was almost 9 months ago, and although mornings aren’t always perfect, they are certainly much improved.
In reality, when I wake up with time to pray, shower, eat, groom and spend some time with my children, that sets a PEACEFUL tone for the day. I get to the car, my mind is at PEACE, I can spend the commute praying, singing, enjoying – at PEACE. In contrast, if I skip my prayer time, shake my husband to wake up quick , give a quick hello/goodbye kiss to my kids, grab half a lunch, as I race out the door still putting on my shoes, with make-up bag & breakfast in hand (to take care of on the commute), then the tone for the day is pure craziness. In the car my mind races thinking of everything yet to do at work that day.
The difference factor is 20 minutes. 20 minutes and my whole day is changed. Now that I think about it, why on earth would I NOT want to “invest” those 20 minutes so I can start my day in PEACE? In hindsight, anything else seems like a waste. Better quit blogging, I need to get to bed 20 minutes earlier than normal because my soul longs for a PEACEFUL day tomorrow.
“Seek Peace and Pursue It” Psalm 34:14b