come on you country music fans…you know the words:  ‘Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun. All I really gotta do is live and die. But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why.’

This song has been playing in my head lately.  Unfortunately it has become a good description of my life.  I’m always in a rush. Always in a hurry.  Always saying, ‘come on, ‘lets go,’ hurry up’ to my kids.  What’s the rush??  Sure, there will be occasional times when there is legitimate cause for a hurry.  But for some reason, the tempo of my life lately is in fast forward, as if there is some reward for finishing errands quicker, some benefit to hurrying along my kids.  The reality, it’s probably detrimental.

As I hurry everyone along to get into the grocery store, and through the store, and out of the store; as I hurry them along as they eagerly want to help prepare dinner, or help open the mail box, I fear I am teaching them that life is a big rush, and tasks are to be endured and completed as quickly as possible because life isn’t fun, its dull and monotonous.  This is NOT the legacy I want to pass on to my children.

What is my big hurry?   I have no idea!  Too task oriented rather than people oriented?  That is part of it, I’m sure.  I see a job that needs to get done, I put my nose to the grindstone and get crackin’ at it.  Not necessarily a bad trait, but when that overrides my relationship with my children, there is a BIG problem.

Could it be that at anytime, I know I’m only a split second away from someone getting grumpy for no apparent reason?  That surely has something to do with it.  It is a legitimate concern, I mean who wants to be in the middle of a store with a half filled grocery cart and a cranky toddler to go with it?  But here’s where my logic falls apart – the more tense I am, the more I rush, the more stressed out everyone gets.  On the other hand, when I relax, joke with my kids, and seek to have fun while going about our chores and errands, the more enjoyable the experience is for everyone.  And when that cranky kid does show his face, I am better able to handle it.

So, I leave you with this:

I’m in a hurry to get things done
Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die
But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why

Don’t know why I have to drive so fast
My car has nothing to prove
It’s not new
But it’ll do zero to sixty in five point two

I’m in a hurry to get things done
Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die
But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why

Can’t be late, I leave in plenty of time
Shakin’ hands with the clock
I can’t stop
I’m on a roll and I’m ready to rock

I’m in a hurry to get things done
Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die
But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why

Oh, I hear a voice
That says I’m running behind
Better pick up my pace
It’s a race and there ain’t no room for someone in second place

I’m in a hurry to get things done
Oh I rush and rush until life’s no fun
All I really gotta do is live and die
But I’m in a hurry and don’t know why

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