I’ve been in a hurry for most of my life. I grew up “running late” for many of life’s moments. And to an extent, that habit carried over to my adult life. Some of those situations in life were what seemed to be for legitimate reasons while some of those moments were from laziness or lack of preparation. As an adult, it’s an easy trap to fall into without a great deal of intentionality. And right now, I’m trying to work on being intentional, mindful and aware of my time… as to avoid a hectic and chaotic schedule. Because it’s something that you can’t create more of and you can’t get back. EVER. I’ve recently been reading this book called The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry by John Mark Comer and it has been so helpful and eye opening. One of the big points that I keep going back to is that being “in a hurry” doesn’t typically breed happiness, love or joy. It usually leads to frustration, irritation and annoyance. And if I’m being honest, which isn’t fun, that’s exactly what it tends to do in my life. But I’ve realized that a very simple and practical way for me to begin fostering an environment of happiness, love and joy within my family is by increasing my level of intentionality with my time. What does that mean? •Waking up earlier. •Being aware of travel time, preparation time and arrival time. •Not scheduling things to close together. •Purposely creating margin. Both in my schedule and in my life. I’m FAR from being where I need to be, but I’ve definitely started noticing that I can be a better husband and a better dad and a better business owner when I’m less stressed out about the time. I have more time to be patient, to be kind, to be respectful, to be aware, to be mindful and to be loving. In the long run, I can’t imaging that it will hurt to try… it’s worth a shot!