The Christian pastor and writer John Ortberg writes about what he calls "hurry sickness."
- You rush around at home even when there's no reason to.
- You speak sharp words to your spouse and children, even when they've done nothing to deserve them.
- You hurry your children along. You set up mock races ("Okay kids, let's see who can take a bath fastest"), which are really about your own need to get through it.
- You tell your family that everything will be okay in just a week or two. (A pastor friend of Ortberg's says how, in a busy season, he found himself living for "two weeks from Tuesday" because then his schedule would lighten up, at least for a few days. But he realized this had become a way of life. He was always living for "two weeks from Tuesday.")
- You indulge in self-destructive escapes: watching too much TV, abusing alcohol, or scanning the internet too much.
- You flop into bed with no sense of gratitude and wonder for the day, just fatigue.