the tyranny of the urgent

“we realize our dilemma goes deeper than shortage of time; it is basically a problem of priorities. we confess, we have left undone those things that ought to have done; and we have done those things which we ought not to have done.”

– charles hummel

law school is deeply draining on a law student’s time, attention and emotions.

i have found it crowding out things that, frankly, are much more important.

perhaps i shouldn’t have skipped church that week to finish up that legal writing memo.

maybe i should have gotten more involved in the on-campus bible study instead of studying for contracts every wednesday in the library.

i should have been more aware of the ways my own stress about school were affecting those around me.

charles hummel refers to this problem as “the tyranny of the urgent” – that which is immediate strangles that which is important.

i know it may be a bit late for new year’s resolutions, but mine will be to balance the immediate with the important much more appropriately.

“…the worries of this life, the deceitfulness of wealth and the desires for other things come in and choke the word, making it unfruitful. others, like seed sown on good soil, hear the word, accept it, and produce a crop – thirty, sixty or even a hundred times what was sown.”

mark 4:19-20

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