There is something to be said for being patient about things. That means that you never get in a hurry, nor do you say things you will later regret. Getting older is one of the secrets to patience, and that’s because when you get older, you don’t have as many parties to attend. Why get in a hurry when you are not going anywhere, and you don’t know why you are going?
Yesterday, I was running about twenty minutes late to my class, especially after stopping at McDonald’s for some breakfast. The drive-through line at McDonald’s was longer than usual, and the woman in front of me in the gigantic SUV could not make up her mind. She was not in a hurry.
The lady at the serving window was uncommonly slow. When she did get me the breakfast burritos I had ordered, they were hot, way too hot to eat. That’s what happens when you are in a hurry.
Departing McDonald’s with a scorched tongue, I raced towards my destination only to get behind one of those long and slow landscaping vehicles. These guys were not in a hurry to go to work.
I took my favorite shortcut that morning, and the road crews were out screwing up traffic. Winding through hundreds of construction barrels while following a creeping dump truck drove me nuts. The driver was in no hurry and was crowding the narrow two lane road, keeping me pinned up.
After about three miles of this, I broke out of the pack only to find myself behind a delivery truck taking his time. He was not in a hurry, either.
I eventually got to my destination, and parked the car at the very end of the parking lot. It was a long walk to class. I was in a hurry, you see.
Some days are better than others. Some days nobody gets in the way, or cuts you off. Those are the days when you are not in a hurry. When you get in a hurry, everybody else will be taking their time.
I am reminded of the John Denver song, “Some Days Are Diamonds”.