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The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry

by John Mark Comer

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JOHN MARK COMER

Our time is our life and our attention is the doorway to our hearts.

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Slow Down! The Three Takeaways

  • You have to set aside time each day for the kind of silence and solitude that brings peace. 
  • Taking a day off each week for rest isn’t such a bad idea, it can greatly improve your productivity and happiness.
  • To become more mindful, take pleasure in slowing down your life by allowing moments of inefficiency.

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Silence And Solitude In The Age Of Constant Diversions And Distractions

In a world where we are constantly bombarded with notifications on our devices, it can be hard to find silence and solitude.

Even if we are alone with our phone, it doesn’t mean we’re alone in our thoughts. Social media leaves us connected to a bombardment of thoughts and opinions. Before smartphones, people would wait without a source of constant distraction. They would sit on the bus and watch out the window. Nowadays, we leave little time for solitude and reflection. 

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Steal The Time

 Just make a point to get up earlier than your household. Take time to enjoy things like a good book and a cup of coffee. You could even take this extra time to take a leisurely walk before work. Put down your phone and unplug your headphones. Allow yourself to feel all the emotions that might come your way.

The more you do this, the more you’ll start to realize solitude does not equate to loneliness. Rather, it lets you connect with the world around you.

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It's Good To Take A Day Off Every Week

Not long ago, Americans used to wake up to a quieter Sunday where all businesses were closed and there wasn’t much else to do but be with family or go to church. The shift in society to the more secular and commercial has made it hard to have a day for rest anymore. Shops are now open, and people often have to worry about work on this day.

Every Sunday, spend time doing things you don’t normally have time to do, like taking a nap or going on a long walk. Enjoy the company of your family or close friends. Resting will allow you to appreciate the week previous and recharge for the one to come.

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Allow Some Inefficiency

Have you ever stood in the line of a grocery store frustrated at the person in line in front of you who is looking for coupons? Don’t they know we’re in a hurry?

The truth is, we don’t have to be so efficient all the time. Instead of racing by cars on your commute home, try going the speed limit, or take a minute to let other people merge in front of you. It probably doesn’t need to be a stressful race. Instead, it could be a relaxing time of solitude that allows you to reflect on your day and listen to your thoughts. 

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Simplify Your Phone

Another great way to slow down your life is by simplifying your phone. One trick is transitioning to a “dumb” phone. And honestly, is there really a reason we need social media and emails constantly notifying us?

But if you’re not into that more idea, you could delete social media and email apps so you can just use your phone for calls and messages. This will allow you to focus on one thing at a time rather than distractedly multitasking.

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The Hurry Sickness

Hurry is a form of violence on the soul. Here are a few symptoms of hurry sickness.

1. Irritability — You get mad, frustrated, or just annoyed way too easily.

2. Hypersensitivity — All it takes is a minor comment, a grumpy email, or a little turn of events to set you off. You can’t seem to roll with punches

3. Restlessness — When you actually do try to slow down and rest, you can’t relax.

4. Workaholism (or just nonstop activity) — You just don’t know when to stop. Or worse, you can’t stop.

5. Emotional numbness — You don’t have the capacity to feel another’s pain.

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Asking For More Time Is Flawed

The solution to an overly busy life is not more time. It’s to slow down and simplify our lives around what really matters. We can’t do it all. We simply can’t see, read, watch, taste, drink, experience, be, or do it all. Not an option. We have limitations. Lots of them. Our bodies. Our minds. Our giftings. Our personalities and emotional wiring. Our families of origin.

Our socioeconomic origins. Our educations and careers. Our seasons of life and their responsibilities. Our eighty or so years of life. God’s call on our lives. Nobody has more than twenty-four hours in a day

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The Rules

  • Drive the speed limit.
  • Get into the slow lane.
  • Come to a full stop at stop signs.
  • Don’t text and drive.
  • Get in the longest checkout line at the grocery store. Turn your smartphone into a dumbphone.
  • Get a flip phone or ditch your cell phone altogether.
  • Parent your phone; put it to bed before you and make it sleep in.
  • Keep your phone off until after your morning quiet time.
  • Set times for email, TV watching or social media.
  • Single-task.
  • Walk slower.
  • Take a regular day alone for silence and solitude.
  • Take up journaling.
  • Experiment with mindfulness and meditation.

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