Does the early bird really get the worm?

A few months ago, I pulled into the garage to get the oil changed in my car. The guy behind the counter took my keys and looked at me, “You’re a little early, right.” 

Yea, he got me. My meeting had ended earlier than I expected and rather than waiting and getting pulled into another workplace fire drill, I packed up my laptop and went to drop off my car two hours earlier than my scheduled appointment. Fortunately, the garage had a cancellation and could take me right away.

Of course, I’ve had plenty of other appointments where my early or on-time arrival has meant nothing, but still I try.

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Time waits for no man

Yes, I’m one of those people. If I’m not ten minutes early, I may as well be late and I hate being late. I abhor it. It’s not really the lateness that bothers me. I hate the disrespect and rudeness to others, even if it’s a doctor’s appointment. I hate the rush-rush of traffic too, as you inevitably speed up and try to make up for lost time.

There’s much in life that is out of my hands and I can’t control. However, I can usually control whether I show up on time or not. I try to make the extra effort. In fact, I’ve come to agree with Canadian chemist Orlando Aloysius Battista who said, “One good thing about punctuality is that it’s a sure way to help you enjoy a few minutes of privacy.”

He’s so right, most of us are always running late.

There is one downside to being the early bird. I suspect my desire to be early is going to be the death of me. First, I get antsy when I’m even close to being late. I’m sure that’s going to catch up with me one day and bring on a heart attack. On top of it, I suspect in the afterlife it’s going to come back and bite me. 

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Gonna get me in trouble

When my time comes, I have a bad feeling I’m going land in front of St. Peter and the Pearly Gates. He’s going to look at his list and say “Oh, I don’t see your name Brian. This must be another attempt by that sneaky Devil to slip one by us, we gotta send you back.”

I’ll yell and scream, but he won’t hear me. As he’s about to hit the elevator down button to the basement floor, one of his assistants will point to my designated appointment time, informing him that I’m not trying to sneak in without access, I’m just a few minutes ahead of schedule.

“Oh Brian, I see your name now, you almost missed your chance. Enjoy your stay.”

Yes, maybe being early isn’t always a good thing!

34 thoughts on “Does the early bird really get the worm?

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  1. I love this Brian. I can relate so much and empathise. I’d rather be early and go for a coffee – although that would probably now also involve a blogging notebook too. I know when I have to travel somewhere and have connecting trains etc I get really stressed if I don’t have an hour between connections … just in case ….

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    1. I’m with you. I love traveling, but going to the airport causes me an enormous amount of stress. It’s certainly the connecting flights. It’s also the fact that the trip to the airport could take 40 minutes or two hours depending on traffic, etc. You never know how much time to plan. I wish I was the type who could just be late and not worry about it, but I would give myself a heart attack if I did that. Ha, ha.

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  2. I would rather be early than late too. It’s other people’s lateness which causes problems. Yesterday, I arrived early for a hair appointment so I finished early too. It feels as though I’m stealing back so extra time. I arrived early for a dentist appointment and so the dentist fitted me in earlier than expected which meant he could see his next client earlier too. The way I see it everyone gained more time in their busy life. 😊

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    1. Oh yes, we’re most definitely right! I’m sure your spouse will love hearing that next time. Ha, ha. Now my wife tends to generally an early bird like myself, but she definitely does not mind being late like me. The only time I don’t mind being late is a party or get together that I would rather miss anyway! Ha, ha.

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    2. I can relate to this, Ab! I’m of the mind that if I’m not 10 minutes early, I’m late. My better half, on the other hand… 😆😆😆 Over the last decade, I’ve had to come to terms with the fact that if he’s coming, we won’t be on time. Better late than never, I suppose?

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  3. You are not alone in the thought that if I don’t arrive early, I might as well be late! My heart is racing a bit just now as I imagine that situation! When I know I’m not going to arrive somewhere at least 5 minutes early, I try to make contact to let whomever know that I might be a tad late. It’s called common courtesy. Sadly, when it’s for an appointment and the person is late getting to me, never do I hear an apology for making me wait.

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  4. I was taught that it’s respectful to be a bit early so it was/is a learned behavior for me Brian. I’ve also learned to hone my skills and can usually manage not to be more than about 5 minutes early unless I don’t gauge traffic correctly and just breeze to my destination. I’ve been known to drive, or even walk around the block in those cases! Punctual is good- too early is unnecessary 😉

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  5. I am with you on this, Brian. Being late is one of my few bugbears, I have always felt it disrespects another’s time. Although, there is a saying, ‘it’s better to be late in this life than early in the next one.’ My wife uses that when we are in the car and my foot is getting heavy on the accelerator. 😂

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  6. You are so clever in bringing out the one thing we don’t want to be early for. You’re right, there is so much we can’t control. But I love your respect for others and desire to not have to rush! I need to learn from you!

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  7. Mrs. Chess likes to get to appointments and events at the exact moment we are due there. I of course am just the opposite. Between the two of us, we do manage to arrive at destinations early, but half as early as I would like. Compromise is as usual the key ingredient, Brian!

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  8. Ha. I get it. I always try to be early as well. I remember one time I was three minutes late to meet a friend for a movie, and she pouted all evening. She’s not a friend anymore, but I took her frustration to heart. Well, I was ticked that she was so immature, but still, I remember it to this day

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    1. Oh, Belinda, your former friend’s behavior would bother me too. I make a big deal about me being early, but I don’t get upset about friends or others being late. It’s life, it happens. How did she know that you didn’t have a work issue or an emergency at home? To me, she’s essentially saying, “I should be your highest priority. If not, I’m going to pout.” Ugh, my reaction would be, “it’s been nice knowing you, see ya later.” 🙂

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