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The Tyranny of Timeliness

In a culture obsessed with timeliness, there is something especially freeing about three little letters: ish.

When I have plans that start at 8ish, or I tell a friend I’ll meet them around 3:30ish, my posture shifts from rushed, hurried, and anxious, to a joyful sense of adventure and journey.

When I don’t feel the pressure of getting somewhere at exactly a certain time, I can be present on the road that takes me there. For example, I was able to stop and buy a homeless man lunch the other day even though I was on my way to meet a friend for coffee. I knew that this particular friend understood and appreciated the concept of ish and wasn’t staring at her watch as she waited for me to arrive.

I think for most of what we do in life, it’s better to remove the pressure of calculating traffic, transportation, and arrival times. To take ourselves a little less seriously and to think about our jam-packed calendars a little differently. To stop showing up and apologizing for being late, but to show up and tell someone what you encountered along the way.


About Samantha Curley

Hi! My name is Samantha Curley. I live in Pasadena, California where I run a non-profit organization called Level Ground (onlevelground.org). I like to ponder, ask questions, and share stories about life, art, and faith.


2 thoughts on “The Tyranny of Timeliness

  1. I feel exactly the same way! Thanks for posting

    Posted by Walter Furness | August 21, 2012, 9:24 PM


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