I notice some people will drive fast and angrily with lots of stress and sensitivity, as if ready to burst any second with violent murderous hateful road rage.
Some do it occasionally when they are running late for a doctor's appointment or a flight at the airport.
Others seem to do it every single time they drive. They are always in a huge anxious rush to get where they are going. Always. Every time.
Being around them or even just curiously watching them from a distance, it's as is if they are always running late. It's as if their whole life they are perpetually already running late for the next big important appointment. They are never at a big important appointment in which they soak in the present moment with presence, but rather are always running late for an appointment in the future. They are always worried--very worried--about some next moment in the future.
It's not just when people drive. It's not everyone, but I do see it everywhere from time to time.
Even in the shopping mall or in the park.
It's like watching a dog chase its own tail, except the dog isn't happy or playful about it, but miserable, and stressed, and anxious, and ungrateful.
Sometimes I'm surprised I haven't yet seen someone spontaneously combust while they are simply waiting in line at the grocery store. Some people are so anxiously rushed and so upset to even wait just a few minutes, I am surprised they don't just literally explode. Kaboom.
Some people are walking time bombs.
To those who might think the above describes them (which is unlikely if you are even reading this), I have a sincere question I ask with genuine curiosity:
Are you rushing because of stress, or are you stressed because you are rushing?
That's not rhetorical. I'm really asking.
What would happen if you slowed down? What would happen from this moment forward if you firmly chose to never rush again, come what may? I'm not saying do it or go that far with it; I'm just asking, hypothetically, what would happen? It's not my usual approach, but if you worry about and value the future so much more than the present, then let's look at it. What would that future be?
Here is the relevant quote from page 189 of my book, In It Together: The Beautiful Struggle Uniting Us All:
In It Together (page 189) wrote: You only have this human body for a very little bit.
As a human, if you spend your whole life anxiously rushing around with loud rushing thoughts in your brain, you rush only to your inevitable death.
That is reason enough to slow down and smell the proverbial flowers.
The first tattoo I got is this: "Memento Mori". It's on my left forearm where I see and mediate on it every day.
It means, Remember you will die.
When I think of anxious rushing people shopping or traveling or such, stressfully doing their big important thing before the big important such-and-such happens in a such a bug hurry, I like to think most not of people in 2023 doing it, but instead to think of people doing it thousands of years ago in a place like Ancient Rome. The fact that they've already been dead for thousands of years makes it even more hilarious to me.
What do you think?
Eckhart Aurelius Hughes
In addition to having authored his book, In It Together, Eckhart Aurelius Hughes (a.k.a. Scott) runs a mentoring program, with a free option, that guarantees success. Success is guaranteed for anyone who follows the program, both for the free option and the paid option. If you follow the program but don't achieve your goal, you'll get your money back plus $100. For the free option, that means you will still get paid $100 if you don't achieve your goal using his free advice and free system.