Haste Makes Waste


A few days ago, I was walking on campus and this man held the door open for me.  Naturally, I sped up a little bit and, in response, the man said “You don’t need to rush.  Remember that haste makes waste.”  As soon as he said this, I couldn’t stop thinking about it for, at least, the next hour so.  As I sat in class, I would take a few notes and listen to my professor, but, after a few minutes, my mind would go back to what that man had said.

First off, I was quite impressed by his demeanor.  By his reaction, he struck me as a very positive, warm, and relaxed character.  From that ten second long interaction with him, I’m assuming that he leaves a positive impact on everyone he encounters.  Someone that considerate, and even wise I guess, must surely pass his knowledge on to anyone and everyone.  Secondly, I was inspired by him.  As I thought about what he said, I realized just how true his statement was.  Think about whenever you rush to get something done.  As opposed to finishing faster, you usually finish with less quality and sometimes even slower because you spend so much time trying to fix your mistakes.  Haste definitely makes waste in that sense.  Plus, when you’re rushing to do something, you’re wasting more energy through your stress and worries.  Losing sleep over something that’s time frame you can’t control is simply silly.

I guess haste makes waste is something that we’ve kind of always been taught.  Slow and steady wins the race and take your time are things that we always hear growing up, but, as we get older, those reminders are lost and those messages are forgotten.  That man wasn’t telling me anything new, but he was reminding me of something essential.  Something that is so important, yet it’s hardly ever thought of because we are too busy rushing through our lives.  It was such a short interaction and, like I said, he didn’t teach me anything new, but it really impacted how I looked at certain aspects of my life.  I am now reminded to not waste my time by rushing, but to take my time and do things right the first time.  Hopefully, I won’t need another reminder that haste makes waste.


About Tatiana Figueroa Ramirez

Born in Puerto Rico and raised in the mainland United States, I graduated with a B.A. in English Literature from the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC) and am a 2016 VONA Voices Alumna. I currently perform spoken-word in the greater Washington D.C. area and have previously performed in Philadelphia, Miami, and the Dominican Republic. Most recently, I have been published in Public Pool, Spillwords, and The Acentos Review, and Here Comes Everyone: East & West Issue.

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