No Time To Hurry
By Steve Goodier
Igor Stravinsky was a disciplined composer who adhered to a
rigid work schedule, carefully laid out in advance. Every minute of the day was
taken up by some specific task.
On one occasion, his publisher asked him to hurry the completion
of a new work. "I'm sorry," the composer said. "I haven't time in my schedule to
Our time is valuable. Many people feel that their time is more
valuable than their money. And many people realize that they simply do not have
time to hurry. They know what is important and they want what precious little
time they have to count.
Dr. Howard Hendricks, a family counselor, learned the importance
of taking enough time. One evening he asked his grown son what were some of his
fondest childhood memories. His son replied, "Dad, it was the night you fixed my
Dr. Hendricks could not even remember the evening, so his son
recalled it for him. Hendricks was a university professor at the time. His
evenings were often filled with meetings, and one evening in particular, he was
rushing home to change clothes for an after-dinner speech he was to give at the
school. As he drove up the driveway, he saw his son sitting on the ground beside
his bicycle, anxiously waiting for Dad to come home. The handlebars were crooked
and the front wheel needed alignment.
For some strange and wonderful reason, the professor asked his
wife to call the school and say he would be late. Then he spent the next
half-hour working with his son on the bike. And though he had forgotten the
incident, years later his son still fondly recalled when his father took the
time -- to spend some time -- as one of the best evenings of his life.
Time is precious. Do you really have time to hurry?
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