The Myth of Effective Urgency

The world I live in seems obsessed with the urgency of every moment, trying to sell each second as the pivotal opportunity. I used to play that game, putting on my street brimstone evangelist outfit for any number of causes. And when I wanted to change something in myself I looked for the same sort of urgent fixes to my impending doom.

Been there, done that.

Until I started paying attention to the power of slow things. As it turned out, rarely did change worth keeping around ever happen overnight, rather it was a process of years.

So now when I realize all too present traits like arrogance, anxiety, disbelief, cynicism,  and a general grouchiness, I don't panic; I start planting seeds and mind the slow growth.


He will be like a tree firmly planted by streams of water, Which yields its fruit in its season And its leaf does not wither; And in whatever he does, he prospers.