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Columnist, Sheila Moss, is humor writer from  Tennessee. She writes  a weekly human interest column about daily life and the funny things that happen to everyone.

   She has written for  the Daily News of Kingsport,   Griffin Journal, Oakridge Now, Atlanta Woman Magazine, Aberdeen Examiner, Angleton Advocate,  and Smyrna AM, a supplement of the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. She has been published by Voyageur Press, McGraw Hill, and the good folks at Guidepost Books.  Her articles have appeared in numerous anthologies and other publications, both in print and online.

    She is a former board member and past  Editor of  the Columnists.com, website of  the National Society of Newspaper Columnists, the oldest and largest professional organization for columnists. She is the Web Editor of Southern
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In a Hurry...
 


In a Hurry

Why is everyone always in a hurry? Our favorite phrase is ďI donít have time!Ē Can we find time? Can we make time? We donít think so. Time marches on, doesnít it?

Hurry in the morning. You feel guilty if you have to take extra time for anything. You need to rush to get ready for work. The clock is ticking. You take a shower because itís faster than a bath, then grab something from the closet, anything, and put it on so you can get to work on time.

The highway is crowded with other people in a hurry to get to work. They will run over you unless you hurry. It seems as if the whole world is running 30 minutes late. 

Rushing to get things done at work, marking them off the ďto doĒ list so you donít forget anything. You try to prioritize in case you donít have time to do everything.

You rush though lunch if you have time to eat lunch. You try to utilize your lunch hour to do other things that you donít have time to do while you are working. 

At the end of the day, itís time to fight the rush hour as people in a hurry try to get home. Meals in minutes, microwave meals, fast food -- you have to hurry. Dinner is done and email is checked, itís time to relax, but who has time? 

So, you go to bed and get up the next day, still tired, to do it all again. Thank God itís Friday, everyone says. Friday flies by and the weekend is here. But Saturday finds you cleaning house, buying groceries, paying bills, and running errands. 

You feel like you donít have time to watch TV. So you record it to watch later when you have time. But you probably never will.

Life is a rat race, or a hamster wheel. We run as fast as we can but never get anywhere. We spin our wheels and only dig deeper into the rut. 

The world is spinning out of control. How do we slow things down?

Take time to stop and smell the flowers, the saying goes. You think you saw some flowers at the supermarket, but you were in such a hurry to get to the milk, youíre not sure. 

We have deadlines to meet. Life is full of deadlines, appointments. Run here, run there. Try to be on time. Donít be late. If you miss an appointment, you are wasting time.

Gentlemen, start your engines. Go round and round. It never ends. You need to hurry as you have places to go, things to do. Life goes by like the rush of the wind. There is no time to look back, only forward. You canít worry about the past, as you hurry to the future.

Run, run, as fast as you can. Don't fall down. You are afraid to stop. If you do you might not be able to start again. Even vacations go by fast, planning, scheduling, and traveling. Hurry up and have fun. We never see the daylight, much less a sunset.

One of these days we will all wind down and wonder where life went, measured out by the clockís second hand in busy days, busy hours, and busy minutes. And we canít see a thing weíve done, only the things left to do. 

Is it worth it? We donít think so. We want to slow down, but donít know how. We wonder why we are always tired. But we donít have time to wonder about it for very long. 

Chow, so long, giddy-up horse, adios partner, see ya later, gotta run, timeís a wastiní, hurry-up and get, no time to say goodbye.


Copyright 2012 Sheila Moss

 
 



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