Grandma’s hands used to issue out a warning, baby don’t you run too fast, there might be snakes in that grass . . .
– Bill Withers
How often have you been cooking and you’re waiting for something to start boiling and it seems to be taking it’s own time? If you’re like me, sometimes you might try to turn the heat up a little more. What happens then? The dish that required a slow boil gets overheated and doesn’t taste half as good as it was meant to be.
Don’t You Run Too Fast!
Too often our impatience causes us to have accidents, spoil projects and relationships. We want things to happen and we want them now. How difficult it is for us to realize that everything happens at the right time!
Worry, fear and frenzied activity will get us nowhere. In my life, I’ve made very bad choices when I was impatient and couldn’t wait for the right time to come. But once I tuned in to my inner self more, I began to learn patience and to know that the best things in life can’t be hurried – like finding your passion, like finding the best partner for yourself.
Sometimes I forget the lessons I’ve learned and I get impatient and worried. I’ve got a tendency to attempt to help people, sometimes not allowing them to help themselves. I try to micromanage (is that one word?) to the point of turning them off. I worry and fret about the outcome of their decisions, not realizing that everyone learns through trial and error.
So while remembering not to run too fast myself, I must remember to let others run at their own pace too.
Bill Withers’ grandma’s advice was sound and just what I needed to read. What advice have you heard or read recently that resonated with you?
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