We make a mistake in thinking that “hurry sickness” (Archibald Hart’s term) is a modern phenomenon. About 3,000 years ago, Solomon wrote, “he who makes hast with his feet misses the way” (Proverbs 19:2).
“Busyness” is a state of mind, not an actual number of items on our To-Do list. I’ve found myself completely alone and still feeling stressed-out because my mind was running from one thing to another in a kind of mental panic. A sleepless night is often due to the fact that even though our physical feet are in the bed, our mental/spiritual feet are not.
We will see in this exploration that an actual reduction of activity is a good thing, but for many of us, we will fight the ultimate battle in our hearts, not in our PDA’s. In fact, it may be that the first and foremost battle is there, with everything that follows only a “clean-up campaign” which enacts our decision not to live as crazy people any longer.