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Be Busy. But Don't Hurry.

The Christian pastor and writer John Ortberg writes about what he calls "hurry sickness." Since this seems to be a " crazy-busy" time of year for many of us, and in preparation for the summer, when (I hope) things get less hurried for most of us, I thought some of Ortberg's insights bear repeating. How do you know if you suffer from hurry sickness? According to Ortberg, here are some symptoms: Speeding up. You are haunted by the fear that you don't have enough time to do what needs to be done. When listening you nod more often to encourage the other person to accelerate. You chafe whenever you have to wait. Clutter. The hurry-sick lack simplicity. Sunset fatigue. We come home after work, and those who need our love the most, those to whom we are most committed, end up getting the leftovers. This is part of what author Lewis Grant calls "Sunset fatigue"-all those end-of-the-day behaviors that signal hurry sick