When I was young …. someone said to my sisters and me .. “The hurry-er I go the behind-er I get”
I had forgotten about it until I was reading a post from Stopping the Wind by Ready to Change.
Ready to Change Now blogged that she had a bad day with a number of incidents that ended with a plan to ‘burn the shoes’ that caused part of the problems of the day. I am not sure if she was in a hurry, but it reminded me of the comment from my late Auntie E.
On occasions when dear Auntie E would notice her nieces rushing too much and in a manner that was unhelpful to all she would tell us to slow down.
“The hurrier I go the behind-er I get!”
Definition of the hurrier: a person or behaviour involving unnecessary rushing. A person in a fluster. Or a young girl with no real understanding of consequences in life.
Definition of the behind-er: an outcome of unnecessary feeling of failure, when tasks have not been completed according to the desired schedule. Or a person with their bum in the air and their head in the sand hoping no-one will notice the work undone and incomplete.
Now, to my recollection, this is the true story but I am sure if I asked my sister (or my mother) they would have a slightly different version. But let’s not ask them, and I shall rest assured that I have learnt to now take my time and do things well instead of rush along and making a proper mess of the task.
Pause, count to ten and re-focus!
Or as our blogging friend, start out with the incorrect tools and equipment and end up with a face in the dirt.
I think the idea is to get out hands dirty when we garden not necessarily our faces so much.
How is your Behind-er? Bigger than it needs to be?