“Time sure changes things“, an airliner passenger told his companion. He continued:
“When I was a boy, I used to sit in a flat-bottom row-boat and fish in the lake down there below us. Every time a plane flew over, I’d look up and wish I were in it. Now I look down and wish I were fishing.”
Being at the right place at the right times makes all the difference.
How important is timing?
Theodore Roosevelt said, “Nine-tenths of wisdom is being wise in time”. The fact that you’re reading this article shows that you want to grow – to get somewhere. Like most of us, you want to get there as fast as you can. But keep in mind that too swift is as untimely as too slow. The situation that seems urgent seldom is. Haste slows every dream and opens the door to failure. Oohn Heywood said “the more haste, the less speed”.
What good is running if you’re headed in the wrong direction?
It’s more important to know where you’re going than to see how fast you can get there. Jean Dutourd said “Impatient people always get there too late”. We undo ourselves by impatience. One of the most frequent causes of failure is impatience in waiting for results. Thomas Shadwell said, “The haste of a fool is the slowest thing in the world”. Whoever is in a hurry shows that the thing he is doing is too big for him. Impatience is one big “get-ahead-ache”.
Hugh Prather said, “There’s a time to let things happen and a time to make things happen”.
Life is lived in seasons, which means we are to do different things at different times. Do the right thing at the right time. A Chinese proverb says, “Never leave your field in spring or your house in winter”. Even God sends a winter without the joy of spring, the growth of summer, or the harvest of fall. Be a good finisher, and never claim a victory prematurely. The greatest assassin of dreams is haste, the desire to reach things before the right time.