One afternoon I reached for a cup of coffee on my desk. The cup had been there all day, tepid at room temperature. I don’t know why I expected it to still be hot. As the coffee touched my lips, my head jerked back and my hand nearly threw the cup and I nearly spit the lukewarm coffee out.
Psychologists distinguish between “fast” and “slow” thinking. Fast thinking is like that, intuitive and reactionary. While it makes us look decisive, fast judgments are often prejudiced and poorly thought-out.
To overcome snap decisions in favor of slow thinking and long-term planning, we must have a spiritual ballast of prayer, meditation and silence.
Let us pray.
I know not what this day will bring, O Lord, but make me ready, Lord, for whatever it may be. If I am to stand up, help me to stand bravely. If I am to sit still, help me to sit quietly. If I am to lie low, help me to do it patiently. And if I am to do nothing, let me do it gallantly. Amen. (Adapted from The Book of Common Prayer, p. 461)