Posted by: Anne | September 21, 2009

get it over with

I know someone who often talks of getting things “over with.” When she’s at work it’s, “Let me get this shift over with.” If she’s about to run an errand she says, “I’ll go get this over with.” To hear her talk, she views day-to-day activities as something to get through.

Maybe she doesn’t mean anything by it, but it often reminds me of an article I read years ago in my college paper. The article spoke of how we’re always waiting for something down the road. When we’re kids, we can’t wait to turn sixteen. When we turn sixteen, we look forward to turning eighteen, and then at eighteen, we want to be twenty-one. We look forward to graduating, then to finding a job, then to getting married, then to having a family… and in all of this “I can’t wait to–”, we’re literally wishing our lives away.

Of course there’s nothing wrong with having dreams and looking forward to the future, and some of our present tasks can only be described as drudge work. But let’s be careful not to miss the good things that we have right now. That way, we won’t look back at our lives someday and find that we simply “got them over with.”

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