How many times have I raced to for an appointment only to find out that there was no need to hurry at all. There must have been at least half-a-dozen times in the last few months where I’ve rushed to be somewhere on time, only to find out that I was by no means the last to arrive or the start had been delayed. In the process I was flustered and had not really prepared. On one occasion it also resulted in me being invited to a Speed Awareness Course!
But it’s difficult to not let time dictate our actions. We tell ourselves that we should be better organised, or that people will think us unreliable, or that we don’t value them because we couldn’t be there on time. Some of this may be true and we might need to check how much we’re trying to do, but there will always be circumstances beyond our control. We need to learn how to deal with these situations when they arise and not to spend all of our time trying to plan for every eventuality. For the performance driven ones among us this can be the difference between burning out or living successfully.
Here are few handy thoughts when running late.
- Perhaps I won’t be the last to arrive
- People will be even more glad when I arrive because they had begun to think I wouldn’t make it all all
- They will understand that I was delayed
- My apology will be accepted and everyone will quickly forget that I was late
- The meeting will not start on time
- Not everything is my responsibility
- They have allowed time for me as they know I have a lot on
- Teas & coffees will be served first
- I may have the wrong start time
- It’s more important I am relaxed when I arrive so I can give my best
- It’s better to arrive late in one piece than not to arrive at all
- I may not even be required for the meeting as others have it covered
- People will not think less of me for not arriving on time
It’s good that you care about being on time and not letting others down but it is important that it doesn’t turn into anxiety and stress.
If you can let people know that you’re running late. If you’re really late then perhaps you should just send your apologies and miss the meeting altogether. Better that you allow sometime to prepare and get to the next one onetime and get control of your day back.
Thank you that even when I don’t find time for you, you alway make time for me. Help me to trust you for all the things that I cannot control, and to know when enough is enough and I cannot do anymore. Just because I think I’m able to do it doesn’t mean that I have to, I can trust things to others and ultimately trust everything to you.
Help me to give my best. Even when I get things wrong and let others down you do not condemn me but love me always.
Thank you God for your patience with me. May I show others that same patience when they don’t arrive on time for my next meeting.
“But don’t begin until you count the cost. For who would begin construction of a building without first calculating the cost to see if there is enough money to finish it? Otherwise, you might complete only the foundation before running out of money, and then everyone would laugh at you. They would say, ‘There’s the person who started that building and couldn’t afford to finish it!’ Luke 14:28-30
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5-6
Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. Philippians 4:6
The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. Proverbs 21:5