I chose the word hurry to give up. When I decided this would be the word, I realized I usually used it first with my teenage son trying to get him ready for school each morning. It doesn’t help him or me and I’ve noticed that it often sets the tone for the rest of his day and mine.
Letting go of hurry makes me more aware of how it shapes my view of the day’s events. Hurry leads me to poor choices about where I place my attention.
Hurry robs me of my ability to be fully present. In a hurry, I am either oriented to the past or the future, thus unaware of the holiness in the present moment.
Giving up hurry has made me more present to God and God’s creation. Without hurry, I’m free to stop, look and listen to the wonder about me.