My first year of marching band I first heard the phrase, “To be early is to be on time; to be on time is to be late.”
I’d always been the early bird. Well, actually, I was always the bird who was waiting on the worm to appear.
My maternal grandfather was notoriously pre-punctual. Many times, we were still getting ready knowing we would be a good 10-15 minutes before departure when Grandpa Leroy would begin pacing, and eventually go wait in the car. While we were often amused, we know he also meant business.
Mother raised us to be respectful of time. Not only were we raised to be on time, we were also taught to be respectful of others’ time:
- When in the cashier’s line, have you checks written out or money ready to go as not to waste precious time of those behind you
- “Be there before others”: never keep anyone waiting at a meeting location
- Be early to be of assistance: to assist with a meal, to assist the pastor at the church with lights, shoveling snow, etc. – basically, to always be of assistance
- Be on time so you are not rushed and can have some breathing time or time to chat with others
If church began at 10:00 AM, you could bet Grandpa would be pulling into the church parking lot between 9:00 AM and 9:15 AM AM.
As a father, I quickly discovered I was my grandfather as we were always very early with the intention of assisting anything the pastor needed to be accomplished, and to greet others. My sons quickly adopted this precedent and I see it is now of value to them as adults.
My friend, Jeffrey Carter, selected this fine Forbes read on his own and sure stars shining… to which I happily wake each morning.