Because my friend and I wanted to get to our destination of pizza and cute girls he encouraged me to pass all five cars at once.
I concurred and passed five cars in my Datsun Maxima by accelerating to 120 mph.
I suppose I thought my Datsun was a fast race car and that we would get our pizza soon.
But less than five minutes later my fast driving and fury earned me a hefty speeding ticket.
Often (usually as a deadline approaches) we begin to go too fast and become too furious.
When time is scarce we go too fast and get too furious because of perceived pressure.
We drive erratically when we only have a few minutes before work.
We don't have time to plan expenses and scout-out purchases so we hurriedly band-aid our need with an impulse purchase.
We move so fast that we can't plan our next career move until we our ousted from our current career.
We move the remote so fast we become furious with a human needing help.
We rush angrily to get children to bed because "it is getting late."
We listen "fast" to our spouse because we need to get to sleep fast.
Covey explained it this way: "[With people] if you want to save time don't be efficient. Remember with people, slow is fast and fast is slow."
We don't take time to renew ourselves because we need to help other people fast.
Consequently we become furious at our lack of health or learning.
Ironically many have time for social media, but not for improvement.
Many have time for news but not for personal goals.
Slow and kind may seem passe, and fast and furious seems hip,
but lasting principles always work regardless of their popularity.
Slowing down serendipitously creates passion and progress towards our dreams.
Next time your tempted to get somewhere fast and with fury, remember to slow down and enjoy the journey.
(Photo courtesy Pic)