The 1970s hit television comedy series Hee Haw (http://www.heehaw.com) had an unforgettable cast including names like Junior Samples, Minnie Pearle and Roy Clark. One particular segment of the show would always have a couple of cast members lazing around what looked like an old general store. Typically wearing overalls and straw hats and lying on the ground near a hay stack and an old hound dog, the two would peel off a series of one-liners in a tired Southern drawl.
In a fun, entertaining — yet exaggerated — fashion, Hee Haw managed to capture the way of life in some of the South’s small farming communities. I think it was in part because people enjoyed sensing a rhythm of life different from their own that the show was so successful. The hustle and bustle of the city life was replaced by the warmth and good feelings of the simple farm life. And for an hour, television viewers could just kick of their shoes, laugh and forget about their troubles.
I talked with a friend the other day who told me that she had finally realized it wasn’t necessary to have something to do every minute of every day. She told me that she no longer felt guilty for stealing a little time to read a book or take a nap. That’s what I call progress.
Day 26 Guide
Maybe it’s time for you to settle down a bit. Sure, it’s good to work, to have things to do, and to have goals and plans. It’s good to be involved. But not everything is a competition or a race. Practice suspending the thought that you’re breaking the rules if you just stop for a while to take a breather.
Read a book, take a nap, or just enjoy the simple times of laughing and being with good friends. Remember, everything isn’t a competition.
© 2006, Levi Hill