Friday, August 6, 2021

The Tyranny of the Urgent

I ought to read Charles Hummel's writings on the Tyranny of the Urgent more often.  In this little book, he weighs the differences and the dangers between what is important and what is urgent.  All too often the urgent wins the battle rather than the important.

Often times the urgency for things that are urgent is not necessarily so.  We persuade ourselves that time is of the essence when in reality, it matters very little in the grand scheme of things.

What is it about ourselves that we choose to fight battles that clearly do not exist?  Does slaying windmills fulfill a deep hidden determination for perfection?  Oh the beauty of imperfection.

Life is filled with all sorts of imperfections.  The rose with its thorns, the oleander in bloom, the curious little mouse... each beautiful in a sense yet dangerous as well.  The rose carefully pruned, the oleander admired from afar, and the little mouse left to his cheese - each respected in their imperfections.

Embracing one's one imperfections and allowing oneself the grace to see past the imagined urgency and focus on what is important in life is a lesson I hope to learn each moment.

10 comments:

  1. So true, sometimes we get our priorities wrong, what really matters in the whole scheme of things. Hope you are enjoying your weekend, we are in another HOT spell, but thankful for the few days of relief we had :)

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    1. Connie, sometimes it takes a while to realize this and then longer to change things.

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  2. Beautiful post, Gina, that we all need to think about. Thank you!

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  3. Gina, so very true. What a beautifully written post!

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    1. Robin, thank you. Sometimes it takes me a while to return home.

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  4. We struggle with this all through life. I make a mountain out of a molehill...more times than I should! Sweet hugs!

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  5. Hey Gina! I'm sorry to see you leave videos but I totally get it. I stepped away for a year, right after we got out of debt and the break was the best thing ever. Really worth it. I love that you have a blog! Very cool. Cheers, Ivy.

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    1. Hello Ivy! So happy to see you here. I think this is just what I need!

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But oh! the blessing it is to have a friend to whom one can speak fearlessly on any subject; with whom one's deepest as well as one's most foolish thoughts come out simply and safely. Oh, the comfort — the inexpressible comfort of feeling safe with a person — having neither to weigh thoughts nor measure words, but pouring them all right out, just as they are, chaff and grain together; certain that a faithful hand will take and sift them, keep what is worth keeping, and then with the breath of kindness blow the rest away. ~Dinah Maria Craik, A Life for a Life, "Chapter XVI: Her Story," 1859