When asked what one needs to do in order to be spiritually healthy, Dallas Willard responded, “Ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life.”
It is easy to test the validity of these words. Simply think of the last time you were in a rush, and try to remember if the level of concern you had for those around you was greater than the level of concern for yourself.
For me, hurry is a battle I fight every morning. Every morning I wake up knowing that my day goes better if I don’t just frantically run about the moment I hop out of bed. Yet, every day the urge to immediately reach for my phone, or jump on my laptop, or mentally run through anxiety-inducing scenarios of the coming day charge at me. C.S. Lewis speaks to this temptation in Mere Christianity:
It comes the very moment you wake up each morning. All your wishes and hopes for the day rush at you like wild animals. And the first job each morning consists simply in shoving them all back; in listening to that other voice, taking that other point of view, letting that other larger, stronger, quieter life come flowing in. And so on, all day. Standing back from all your natural fussings and frettings; coming in out of the wind.
I like his quotes of Willard and Lewis, but most of all I appreciated Adourian's own words, "Simply think of the last time you were in a rush, and try to remember if the level of concern you had for those around you was greater than the level of concern for yourself."
He is right on. Rush creates cutting people off, calling people names, performing low quality work which someone else has to complete or live with, complaining about people, pushing and shoving to move up in the line or totem pole, and so forth. Why does all this occur? Because the person rushing didn't have the self-control to do things in a timely way. And since they lost their peace, they push their frenzy and hurry on others. The rushing person has become intensely self-focused.
In the words of C.S. Lewis, beginning your day spending time with God shoves back the voice that cries out "I need to do this. I ought to do that." Being still before our God quiets our soul and sets the pace for the rest of the day, even when there are many things to do. As you choose to begin your day with peace, that peace will then overflow to the rest of the day.