Not too long ago, it was January 1, 2019. The first day of a new year is often buzzing with new hope, expectations, and ambitious goals under the umbrella of “resolutions” that are meant to set us up for a better year than the last. Though there are so many discussions that we could extract from that one sentence, I want to focus very briefly on this idea of living for our future. While I recognize that setting specific, realistic goals for ourselves can be an extremely valuable endeavor, I think that (if you’re anything like me) we can sometimes take this too far.
First of all, I have a confession to make. I have a major problem. I’ve been confronted about this problem by friends, by family, and by the occasional twisted ankle. This problem not only affects me. It affects the peers who are left out of breath trying to keep up with me. It affects the people who assume I’m trying to avoid them. And it definitely affected the random man who I literally plowed into on my first day of college (Although I don’t know who this guy was, I would like to genuinely apologize via the internet). You’re probably super confused at this point, so I’m just going to tell you what my problem is. I, Jordan Taylor, am a really fast walker.
You may be wondering if there’s some kind of weird, underlying point to this. Don’t worry, there is. In fact, the underlying point is actually an underlying mindset that manifests itself in more ways than what I’ve decided to name “walking with a purpose”. You see, I often find that I become so focused on my final destination that I try to “skip” the journey. And as long as this is my mentality, I find it really difficult to just be in the moment and enjoy life right where I’m at. Maybe you realize that you (or someone you know) are in the same boat. Maybe you don’t even realize you’re in the same boat, in which case I encourage you to head on over to “6 signs you’re speeding through life“. Either way, I want to share with you 3 major consequences that are bound to occur when you try to speed through life.
1. You’ll stress yourself out// Just think about it. If you are constantly telling your brain the 80 things it needs to do next, while hardly ever giving it a break, you are bound to wear it out. And if your brain is worn out, you’re stressed out. Trying to keep up with yourself when your mind is 5 steps ahead of you is an exhausting and nearly impossible feat for almost anyone!
2. You’ll miss out on new things, people, and opportunities// Each minute that you’re so focused on what’s next, things are happening in the present. People are meeting for the first time, puppies are being walked, strangers are having rough days. And we miss it all. There are so many moments that have the potential to become valued memories, but instead are lost in our mental mess of anxiety-provoking futuristic thinking.
3. You’ll miss out on enjoying your everyday life// There’s something special about the phrase “enjoy the little things”. Because once you learn how to enjoy the simple intricacies of everyday life, aka the “little” things, you end up enjoying A LOT of things! (And yes, I realize that “simple intricacies” is an oxymoron). However, if you’re so caught up in figuring out what’s next, you’ll miss what’s right in front of you.
So there you have it. A super brief introduction to a super big life lesson. Like I mentioned earlier, if you’re questioning whether or not this topic even applies to you, I encourage you to head over to “6 signs you’re speeding through life“. Do you have any thoughts about the concept of “speeding through life”? Let us know in the comments below!
A Verse For Your Day:
Romans 12:12 (ESV) // “Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer.”