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In a fast-paced society that focuses on work and the bottom line, time is of the essence and everything is made to go faster. From drive-thrus for eating on the go to cell phone applications for taking care of every aspect of a person’s life, everyone is multitasking.
Even for simple things, I notice myself being guilty of this impatience as I repeatedly pump the call button every time I use the elevator. I always wonder, “How did I get here? Where and when did I lose all of my patience?”
I can’t tell you how many times I get impatient with myself when my physical disability acts up on me, and I am unable to move within the time constraints that I have given myself for that day.
This is particularly frustrating because I try to live the most active and normal life I possibly can, but when I am in pain and have to take a step back from my busy schedule, it is just another reminder that I am different and that I will never be able to fully live the life that I want to.
An expert on time management is leading a workshop during the Council for Inclusion, Leadership and Advocacy meeting Wednesday at 5 p.m.
The meeting will help students and possibly faculty members get a handle on time management and make room for some quality time for others in their lives.
I think the worst side effect of this impatience craze is how it affects our attitudes toward other people. This goes beyond horn-honking road rage. Frankly, that’s an entirely new article in itself.
We need to take a step back and look at how we schedule our day.
People feel they just don’t have the time to give to others. So many times there are people who we may encounter who need a little extra time. Whether it is for crossing the street, comprehending something or taking longer to communicate with others.
So often I see these people dismissed by others or hurried along. Even worse, sometimes, is the “smile and nod” a person gets when they are not even recognized by the person in a hurry.
How many times have we done that? How many times have we conveniently forgotten about or not had the time to visit a family member or a loved one in a hospital or nursing facility? And how many times have we missed out on getting to know a truly unique person with a completely different perspective on life than what we’re used to?
Imagine all that we could learn about others and ourselves just by taking the time to see others and learn a new point of view. It is amazing how little time it takes and the difference a smile, friendly “hello” or acknowledgment while passing by can make.
The potential for human growth is astounding. But do we have time for that?
Since it doesn’t look like society is going to change anytime soon, I need to start with me, including taking time for myself as well as for others. Hopefully, the workshop will be able to help with that.
The workshop will be held in the conference room next to the office of Disability Services in the new Center for Community. It is located next to the Regent Administrative building.
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Priscilla is a co-chair for the Council for Inclusion, Leadership and Advocacy.
Contact CU Independent Staff Writer Priscilla Carlson at Priscilla.email@example.com.