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As I traveled home the other day, the train was packed. All the seats were taken, so I had to stand by the door, next to a man in a suit. It wasn’t the most comfortable commute home.

At my train stop, I had to squeeze by a few folks to get out the door. The man in the suit did likewise, and seemed frustrated by the crowded situation. He made a “Humph” noise, and quickly passed me on his way to the stairs.

When he got to the stairs, I noticed he took the stairs two steps at a time. Pretty soon, he was far ahead of me. He definitely wasn’t wasting any time.

Here’s another thing I noticed about the man in the suit: He didn’t look very happy.

Being in a Rush

I think there might be a negative association between being in a rush and being happy. When you are in a rush, you are not satisfied with the present situation. When you are in a hurry, you are not okay with the way things are right now. When you are pressing, you are anxious to get to the next thing.

The Present Moment

An important aspect of happiness, I think, involves the exact opposite: being satisfied with the present moment, being okay with the way things are right now, and taking in the beauty and goodness that just is.

Go Slow

The next time you are walking to a particular destination, try deliberately walking more slowly than you usually do. Maybe ½ speed. Try to look around, and notice what is going on around you. The next time you are driving somewhere, stay in the right lane and drive the speed limit. Enjoy the music or news program you are listening to. Call a friend. Whatever you decide to do, just don’t be in a rush to get past it.

We are only given one life. Let’s not spend each moment rushing on to the next one.

Discussion

What is one area of your life in which you are usually in a rush? What would it look like to slow down a bit?

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