6 Symptoms of Hurry Sickness

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Illness can be a good thing. I tend to reevaluate my life after I’m on the mend.

Last week I was slowed way down because of  the respiratory flu which also exacerbated my asthma. Yesterday was the first day in a week that I felt no pain and had a cheery spirit inside. Today is the same.  🙂

When I wasn’t sleeping, I browsed through a book by John Ortberg, The Life You’ve Always Wanted: Six Sessions on Spiritual Disciplines For Ordinary People.

“You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry,” a wise friend advised Ortberg. 

What? Why?

“Again and again as we pursue spiritual life, we must do battle with hurry. For many of us the great danger is not that we will renounce our faith. It is that we will become so distracted and rushed and preoccupied that we will settle for a mediocre version of it. We will just skim our lives instead of actually living them.” This paragraph is in chapter 5, An Unhurried Life, page 77.

“Following Jesus cannot be done at a sprint” (79).

Ortberg identifies 6 symptoms of people who have hurry sickness.

  1. Constantly speeding up daily activities – Always pursuing the fastest line in a store & at a stoplight?
  2.  Multiple-tasking – “Ever try to eat dinner, watch tv, read, and carry on a conversation at the same time?”
  3. Clutter –  Life is cluttered by physical things and “Life is cluttered when we are weighed down by the burden of all the things we have failed to say no to. Then comes the clutter of forgetting important dates, of missing appointments, of not following through.”
  4. Superficiality – Wisdom & depth take time to cultivate. Many of us have traded these for information because “we want to microwave maturity.”
  5. An inability to love – “Love and hurry are fundamentally incompatible.”
  6. Sunset fatigue – This is when we are just too tired,or too drained, or too preoccupied, to love the people to whom we have made the deepest promises…Hurry prevents us from receiving love from the Father or giving it to His children.”

Ouch! I’m guilty of hurry sickness and the fallout that surrounds my poor choices. Ortberg does have suggestions on what to do next. But I want to spend some time with God and see what He says to me first.

Anyone else have hurry sickness?

Used to have it? What did you do to live your busy life well?

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