Oh my God, I’m so impatient! Can you relate?
I’m not gunna lie, I want it now. I want to see the results. Now. I want to feel the transformation. Now.
I want to get there fast. And I want the world to keep up with my brain and my intentions.
About ten years ago I received two speeding tickets in rapid succession within a mile from my home. Within a mile!
One was on my way to work. My route passes through a land preserve of Iowa prairie and forest. There’s a vintage red barn and cows—cows! And when I got my ticket, the road was lined with the radiant plants of summer—sunflowers, asters, coneflowers, and grasses.
But I flew by them, day after day, in my haste to get to work—to the future events I couldn’t wait another second for.
Until I was stopped in my tracks by the nice officer who didn’t care about my agenda. Who pointed out my excessive speed and wrote me an expensive ticket.
I was pissed. And I went along my way, inconvenienced, but back on my track.
Until it happened again just a few days later after dropping my kids off at school. I didn’t realize I was going thirty-five in a twenty mph school zone.
Humble pie. A nice big slice.
Thank you, officers. This time I decided to take your advice to slow down to heart.
The Universe knocked twice. I decided to listen.
I started driving the speed limit as part of my Zen makeover.
It felt interminably slow at first. But as I got used to it and looked around me on my country road, I was blown away by those flowers of summer, so radiant, faces rising toward the sun, swaying gently in the breeze, throwing off light, knocking my freaking socks off.
I slowed down and saw what I hadn’t seen before—really saw. I let in the beauty of the world all around me. I felt that beauty permeate me. Tether me to the present moment. Transform me.
I learned two big things.
When I’m impatient I’m only focused on the future. I miss what’s right in front of me—I miss my life.
And when I go too fast I don’t leave space for the beauty—the miracles—all around me.
I’m still impatient. I still want it NOW.
But I practice “slow.”
And while I’m still a work in progress, I’m more present to it all, my life is richer, and the world rewards me constantly with Wow.
Have a Beautiful day!