Subject: Hurry Up and Wait
Welcome to Celebrating the Journey!
Friday, April 19, 2002
Issue #83


1. Welcome Notes
2. Hurry Up and Wait
3. Coaching: Don’t Hurry and Don’t Wait
5. Celebrating Out Loud!
6. Reading for the Journey
7. Humor: Did You Know?

1. Welcome Notes

Yesterday was the first anniversary of my dad’s
death, and I am reminded how important it is to live
each moment to the fullest and tell the people in my
life how much they mean to me. Today I thank each
of you for allowing me to come into your heart each
week with a touch of wisdom and magic and
laughter. I receive great pleasure and satisfaction in
producing Celebrating the Journey. Thank you for
giving me the opportunity.

I’d like to hear your ideas for topics to cover in the
weeks and months to come. Where are you stuck in
your life? What questions do you have? What would
you like to see in CTJ? Send an email to with thoughts on
what you’d like to see here.

And what are you celebrating in your life these days?
I believe strongly that what we celebrate in our lives
multiplies when we share it with others. Celebration
has a powerful impact on all involved. Share your
celebration, big or small, “important” or “trivial”, loud
or soft with our CTJ family by emailing It’s a simple
way to increase your own joy and give many others
the gift of that same joy. Celebrate Out Loud!

2. Hurry Up and Wait

Some days it seems like this could be the motto of this
modern society in which we live. Hurry here, hurry
there; so many of us are so often in a hurry. Then we
get where we’re going and wait: wait for our boss to
finish his previous meeting; wait in line at the grocery
store; wait in line to buy movie tickets; wait in the
security line at the airport; wait in the doctor’s office.
Hurry up and wait. Hurry up and wait. It’s

It’s just the way the world works today, right? Or is it
really how you are working in your world today?

Yes, the world is moving quickly today, perhaps too
quickly. And we still have the choice of how to create
our own lives in that rapidly moving world. You
don’t have to hurry, and you don’t have to wait.

Generally we hurry because we’re afraid we’re going
to be late. And in addition to the issues covered in last
week’s CTJ (you can read it at, being late is
often a result of poor planning. We simply plan to do
too much in too little time. Which results in always
being in a hurry and often being late. Which results in
frustration, exhaustion and ending each day with a
sense of failure rather than winning.

In spite of what you might think, hurrying
accomplishes less not more. It’s true that if you want
a job done, give it to a busy person. There is a
difference between a busy person and one who is in a
hurry. More about that next week.

And then there’s the waiting. I watch people in lines
or waiting rooms, tapping fingers on a table in
frustration, turning magazine pages without really
seeing the words, vibrating one foot up an down
impatiently, checking watches, making impatient
faces, using their time feeling angry and put upon. No
wonder it feels like wasted time!

Why would we want to be early when that’s what we
think will happen when we have to wait that extra
time? You hurried to get there on time and had to
wait anyway so why be early and have to wait

Ugh! I can feel my shoulders go up even as I describe
those scenarios! It isn’t just the way the world works.
It’s how you’re working in your world.
And the good news about that is you can change it.

3. Don’t Hurry and Don’t Wait

Okay, so how do we change it?

The solution is simple: be 15 minutes early and put
the waiting time to good use. I said it was simple, not
necessarily easy.

The simple solution to not hurrying is leaving 15
minutes early for every appointment, meeting,
project, whatever. You might even want to “leave” 15
minutes early for an appointment with yourself. We
often schedule ourselves so tightly that we end up
being behind even with ourselves.

The simple solution to that kind of schedule is to plan
fewer activities in the day. But, but, but… how will it
all get done. Maybe it isn’t supposed to “all” get done.
I’ll write next week about the prioritizing and
planning part of this solution.

And the simple solution to that wasted waiting time is
to do something with it. We all have projects that can
be done in small chunks of time: tomorrow’s To Do
List, a quick phone call, reading a book a couple of
pages at a time, listening to a Self Help tape, re-
energizing yourself with some calm, deep breaths,
the grocery list. You get the idea.

What could you do with a 5- or 10- or 15-minute gift
of time?

In order to create calmness in your life, leave early
and put the wait to good use. Simple. And easier than
you think. Give it a go and see how differently your
days can feel.


Until you value yourself, you will not value your
time. Until you value your time, you will not do
anything with it.
M. Scott Peck

Sometimes the situation is only a problem because it
is looked at in a certain way. Looked at in another
way, the right course of action may be so obvious
that the problem no longer exists.
Edward de Bono

Realize that if you have time to whine and complain
about something then you have the time to do
something about it.
Anthony J. D’Angelo

The butterfly counts not months but moments, and
has time enough.
Rabindranath Tagore

5. Celebrating Out Loud

The more you praise and celebrate your life, the more
there is in life to celebrate.
Oprah Winfrey

April 6: Vicki celebrates 2 years clean and sober and
lots of recovery around an eating addiction, including
a 40-pound weight loss. This is a huge celebration for
her! Send your support to Vicki at

April 18: On the first anniversary of my dad’s death, I
celebrate the life he lived and all that he gave me.

Know someone who’s celebrating a great occasion?
Or a small one? What better gift than to forward
them a copy of Celebrating the Journey with a
celebratory wish in it. Let’s spread the joy!

6. Reading for the Journey

Take Time For Your Life, by Cheryl Richardson.

Cheryl Richardson has a passion for “living well”, and
her book is filled with wisdom, practical tips, truth
and a great deal of fun that will guide you in having it
all, right now!

One reader wrote the following: “After reading ‘Take
Time’, I changed my business… The result?
Surprisingly, same income, less hassle, and MORE
FREE TIME! Thanks Cheryl. Stressed out souls
everywhere should make time for your book.” I
agree! If you think more hurrying and less waiting
will help you achieve success, read this book!

Phil Humbert, one of my favorite coaches, says, “If
you don’t have time to read this book — read this
book!” That’s great advice. I encourage you to take it.

Amazon will send it to you for only $10.40 if you click

7. Humor: Did You Know?

Amusing tidbits of trivia sent to me by both Stewart
Brown and Stephanie Perrin. Enjoy!

The liquid inside young coconuts can be used as
substitute for blood plasma.

American car horns beep in the tone of F.

No piece of paper can be folded more than 7 times.

Donkeys kill more people annually than plane

Oak trees do not produce acorns until they are fifty
years of age or older.

The king of hearts is the only king without a

A Boeing 747s wingspan is longer than the Wright
brother’s first flight.

American Airlines saved $40,000 in 1987 by
eliminating 1 olive from each salad served in first-

Venus is the only planet that rotates clockwise.

Apples are more efficient at waking you up in the
morning than caffeine.

The 57 on the Heinz ketchup bottle represents the
number of varieties of pickles the company once had.

The first owner of the Marlboro company died of
lung cancer.

All US Presidents have worn glasses. Some just didn’t
like being seen wearing them in public.

Walt Disney was afraid of mice.

The sound of E.T. walking was made by someone
squishing her hands in jelly.

Pearls melt in vinegar.

It takes 3,000 cows to supply the NFL with enough
leather for a year’s supply of footballs.

Thirty-five percent of the people who use personal
ads for dating are already married.

It is possible to lead a cow upstairs but not
downstairs. .

A duck’s quack doesn’t echo and no one knows why.

Richard Milhouse Nixon was the first US president
whose name contains all the letters from the word
“criminal.” The second? William Jefferson Clinton.

Give yourself the gift of not hurrying and not waiting
this week.

Namaste, Margo

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Come to the edge, life said.
They said: We are afraid.
Come to the edge, life said.
They came.
It pushed them…
And they flew.
Gulliaume Apollinaire

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