I recently came across this most appropriate quote by Henry David Thoreau, and in the comics of all places.
The timing was right. Lately, I don’t know whether I’m coming or going; sometimes it’s both, at the same time.
The quote reads, “The truly efficient laborer will be found not to crowd his day with work, but will saunter to his task, surrounded by a wide halo of ease and leisure."
Now, if you see me, with a halo around my head, strolling leisurely as I go about my daily tasks, note that I am very hard at work. Tell this to your boss. He or she just may buy it, too.
It’s not slacking off; it’s “sauntering.” Remember that.
I will try to next time I drive to Clovis. Instead of racing down the highway at 85 to 90 miles an hour — I’m not the only one who has done that — ease up on the gas and leisurely “motor” to your destination.
Ironically, you’ll probably get there at about the same time, going 60 miles an hour as opposed to going “hecho ninety.” A little Spanglish there.
Many times, I’ve flown past cars, going “hecho ninety,” only to get to the second or third stoplight on Prince and see the cars I passed right next to me.
Rushing doesn’t save time. It causes undue stress, so saunter as you go about the rest of your work week.
Helena Rodriguez is a freelance writer and English instructor. She can be reached at: Helena.Rodriguez@enmu.edu