A Little Folding of the Hands




Proverbs 6:10-11 ESV

A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest, and poverty will come upon you like a robber, and want like an armed man.


This resonates with me. And although I am not Christian, it’s a hell of a statement.

Anytime I decided to work on a project, I always made sure to do this project on time. That way I had a moment to collect my thoughts and present the finished result. Being in a rushed and frazzled state does nothing for you. Your mind has convinced itself that rushing is necessary, thusly you rush.

I have never been one who liked to rush. When I do, I waste coffee all over myself or lose money. I miss the bus, or worse…I’m late. To other people, it’s okay for them to experience this…daily. In their mind…it’s, “Well, I made it. I couldn’t have shown up at all.” Or, “I have a serious medical condition, that means no matter how late I am, I better be seen.”

No, because the world doesn’t revolve around you. It never has, it never will. No one likes hearing this statement because it means they have to be held accountable for their actions. There is a reason we have a structure known as time.

Waking up early and leaving the house early makes a world of a difference. Not only will you not be angry, tired and irritable…your mind will be at ease. Don’t believe me? When was the last time you not only caught everything someone said, while rushing, you completed the task…and didn’t have to go back to fix any mistakes? Never.

We live in a world where rushing is everything. Rushing to get coffee, rushing to be at work on time even though you’ll be late. Rushing to buy flat screen TVs that will eventually have a better model out in two months, and my personal favorite, rushing to a red light. When you attempt to incorporate pausing, balance and taking a breath, people get upset.

There is nothing…absolutely nothing wrong with taking your time. You were not put on this planet to move to anyone’s pace. If it upsets them, there’s something wrong with them. If planning things drives someone crazy…not your fault. If being prompt, early, or on time is an issue. It isn’t your fault.

A lot aren’t taught that rushing is actually bad for your health. Studies have been shown that people who rush are more likely to die from a heart attack or stroke.

I decided not to rush around anymore and to go back to what I used to do when I have my two older children. Planning the night before. Waking up early, leaving early…and being able to breathe. My mind was at ease, the tasks were done for the day. And by two pm, I was able to take a nap or relax.

You will always have to work around someone. If you are confident that your pace is easy for you, don’t take the time to change what you do. I did, and I feel that was a huge mistake. I don’t like being late, and waiting on people drives me crazy. It isn’t for any other reason than the lack of propriety. I’m not telling you to be prompt like me…but it is a matter of respect. No one likes anyone to be inconsiderate. Me taking extra time to be considerate actually makes my life easier–except when it comes to someone who expects me to be considerate. Then, you can tell they’re taking advantage of it.

It’s a hard act to follow. A lot of people would fail at what I do. I clean, cook, write and manage my family every single day. And unless I’m ill, it gets done without fail.

People always go on about how unhappy their lives are. And they never see anything wrong with how they carry out their day. We like to dream but can’t fulfill our dreams. People claim you have to be taught how to–so on and so forth. Instead of blaming everyone and everything around you…get up and make up your bed. I saw this remarkable video on Facebook. It was a Marine Corp Admiral, I believe (don’t quote me). He said make your bed up before you do anything else. Then start your day. And if you fail at whatever it is you were trying to accomplish that day, at least you can go home to a nicely made bed.

No one…makes their bed!


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