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  • Writer's pictureBrent Stromwall

Just Say No!

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The phenomenon of Hurry Sickness, characterized by continual urgency, rushing and anxiousness about getting things done, has become a prevalent behavior pattern in our culture. John Ortberg poses a crucial question: "What do I need to do to become the me I want to be?" Dallas Willard's answer is clear: "You must ruthlessly eliminate hurry from your life."


The symptoms of hurry, as outlined by John Mark Comer in The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, include irritability, hypersensitivity, restlessness, workaholism, emotional numbness, isolation, lack of care for your mind, body, and soul, and more. The effects on emotional, physical, and relational well-being are profound, leading to weariness, anger, shame, fatigue, difficulty resting, being unaware, insensitive of or ignoring others, and strained relationships.


To combat this, the solution is not more time but more no's. The power to decide lies within us, and knowing our values is crucial in determining what to say no to. Practices such as finding solitude, observing Sabbath, embracing simplicity, and slowing down can help eliminate hurry from our lives.


Additionally, practical tips like driving at the speed limit, setting specific times for email and social media, and even turning your smartphone into a dumbphone can contribute to slowing down. Stephen Covey's words resonate: "We achieve inner peace when our schedule aligns with our values," emphasizing the importance of scheduling priorities over merely prioritizing a schedule.


Books like The Ruthless Elimination of Hurry, by John Mark Comer, and Get Your Life Back: Everyday Practices for a World Gone Mad, by John Eldredge, provide valuable insights into reclaiming a sense of calm and purpose. As you navigate the demands of our modern world, it's essential to ask yourself: What am I willing to say no to today to embrace a more intentional and fulfilling life? Stop asking, "What am I getting done?" and start asking, "Who am I becoming?"


The solution to hurry is not more time but more no's.

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