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French: Cuirass is a piece of armor which covers the front of the torso. The Cuirassiers were cavalry equipped with cuirass and firearms.

English: The infantry squares were tightly fit and double-rowed arrangement of soldiers commonly used against calvary attack.

This confrontation at Mont Saint Jean seems a voluminous pouring out of the lives of men to decide the direction of Europe. And the picture of Wellington and his men hanging on to the final minute before Blucher’s cavalry arrives keeps me on the edge of my seat as I read of the account. But such “nick-of-time” occurrences are not uncommon on smaller scales.

The coincidental timings of two separate event paths crossing is outside the control of independent participants. But at Waterloo, Wellington and Blucher were not independent, and they indeed reached each other just in time. But when are these coincidences worth the effort, and when are the urgent difficulties and engagements more important than the strivings? At Waterloo the hindsight answer seems clear, but there are many instances where it is not, and the assessment itself is subjective.

Pace and rhythm are important topics that I have neglected to value as objects of study.  I have taken the view that I need to get as much accomplished as possible as soon as possible. The extra effort that I have to put in to getting everything done at once has only been important as it represents a certain amount of energy. But the timing issues are important all to themselves. A slow controlled walk with good posture is to be valued above a hurried race from one meeting to the next, just of itself.

There is timing that we cannot control, and then there is timing that we can. What are some symptoms that we are not exercising control of our timing?

  1. Being always in a hurry.
  2. Being impatient in traffic or in a queue.
  3. Always being late.
  4. Never being late.
  5. Not speaking in complete sentences.
  6. Not listening well.
  7. Often forgetting items.
  8. Racing back to get items forgot that could have been abandoned once it was realized that they were forgotten.
  9. Avoiding solitude and silence and fasting.
  10. Lamenting over idle time thrust upon us during waiting instead of rejoicing for the moments of meditation gained.

Live at the right pace and keep margins for spontaneity.