Friday, April 20, 2012

It's Amateur Night, Night and Day!

“On every level of life, from housework to heights of prayer, in all judgment and efforts to get things done, hurry and impatience are sure marks of the amateur.”
― Evelyn Underhill


Ann Voskamp included this quote in a recent post. In light of it, I'd have to consider myself a professional amateur if I honestly consider how often I'm in a hurry or impatient with my kids. I really think many people feel that they have to be in a hurry. To appreciate how strongly this habit has been ingrained in me, I must say that I have greatly mellowed in my approach to life, and yet still hear myself telling the kids to hurry up or we'll be late, etc. nearly every time we head out the door. Can you imagine what I was like before the chill pills?

Well, the experts say that you have to recognize a problem before you can work on it. The professionals... Maybe someday when I fully renounce my professional amateur title I'll say that too.

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