AN ADAGE A DAY ◽ HOME
My husband said this title sounds like a soap opera. I assure you this is not about a soap opera. It is not about a saga of any kind, but it is about the continuity to the next episode of our lives. We are coming out of the Coronavirus Pandemic and I hope all of us have learned something. Something unique to each of us and something we can take with us into the future. Something to tell our kids and grandkids, and something to keep in mind and remember. God gave us this world and He gave each of us everything we have. Maybe it is time we realize it, think about it, and show gratitude for it. To me, living with gratitude is the best and only way to live and I am not always good at it, but I try to be.
Several years ago, in about 2011, we had a severe drought. We all did unusual things to help with not wasting water. One thing I did then, I still do now, because it helps to lend a hand with preserving the natural resource of water that God gives us and, as we saw firsthand, can so quickly be in shortage. With all that said, what I do (which was recommended by a friend) is I collect my runoff shower water in buckets.
I thought a lot about wastefulness during the drought and during COVID 19 since my life was slowed down. I thought a lot about how quickly life can change. I realized more ways I was unknowingly wasteful. Did you? Was it your time you found yourself to have been wasteful in, your money, natural resources? I know we all worked to not be wasteful with toilet paper.
There is an old proverb or idiom, “Haste makes waste,” that is so appropriate for this time in our lives. It means that when we do something in haste, we can end up wasting more than if we had just taken more time in the first place. This is not one I said to my kids very often while raising them, but I will keep it in my thoughts and heart now. We were forced to take the haste out of our lives for a short time during the Pandemic. Did we prefer life in that slower pace, or do we want to go back to our hurried schedules? Or maybe we look to compromise somewhere in between.
This idiom has been worded in some ironic similarities to what we have gone through with the Coronavirus. When it was first written in the Book of Wisdom in 190 B.C, it said, “There is one that toilet and laboureth, and makes haste, and is so much more behind.” Seem familiar? Later in the Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales, c. 1387, it’s translated, “In wikked haste is not profit.” Then in 1670, John Ray’s A Collection of English Proverbs says, “Haste makes waste, and waste makes want, and want makes strife between the goodman and his wife.”
Lastly, Ben Franklin’s famous dictum, c.1700’s states, “Take time for all things, great haste makes great waste.” This proverb speaks for itself. It helps us all learn a little bit more about the importance of our time and how we use it. The COVID 19 gave us time and lots of it. Time to think, time to be still, time to realize who we love and how much we can miss them. Time to cry, laugh, wonder, praise, and worship.
In Proverbs 28:20 of God’s Word it says, “A faithful man will abound with blessings, but he who makes haste to be rich will not go unpunished.” God wants us to use and take care of everything He has given us but in the haste of our lives we so often give it over to waste. I will be more conscious of where I am wasteful and hasteful now. I hope we all will. And I hope we have all learned the power and peace of being still and taking time.