My mother, Saint Helen of Immaculata, had a saying that I heard ad infinitum growing up—that saying was, “haste makes waste.” I’m not sure where she picked that one up and I’m guessing it wasn’t one I imagined I’d come back to—but I did, especially after acquiring some life experience.
Quality takes time. There are other idioms like, “anything worth doing is worth doing well.” I remember that one being part of St. Helen’s repertoire, also.
I’m finding that the things that have acquired staying power in my own life are things that haven’t happened overnight. Writing, health awareness, cultivating skills that never go out of season, these things take time.
I’ve written about Malcolm Gladwell and his 10,000 hour rule. It’s about putting the time in and recognizing there’s a commitment to the long haul.
Unfortunately, much of our culture runs contrary to that. We want fast. We demand convenience. We’re impatient when we don’t win $1,000,000.00 in the lottery.
Recently, my wife and I made a change in how we’ve been eating. Gone are the packages of processed garbage that once choked our pantry. Instead, we’re eating “clean,” making meals comprised of locally-grown food (when available). Meals and eating not centered on ease and convenience takes time. That means chopping vegetables, cutting up fruit to have it available in the refrigerator, and planning meals that include healthy proteins that nourish our bodies and contribute to being healthy. Healthy eating requires time, not drive-thru windows or microwaves. The investment of this time has even offered up short-term results, but we know there are benefits coming in the future, too.
When I look around me and consider that easy trumps commitment more often not, is it any wonder we are up against some of our current challenges and problems?