To hear the audio version of this blog, click here. In some form, my entire life, I have pushed against our fast-paced, hurry- hurry, rush-rush, get a million things done in a day mentality. I never understood it and it just never seemed right.
It’s author, Carl Honore, spent time researching the global movement of slowing down. Yes! For the love of life itself, there is a global movement. People are actively, consciously, slowing down their lives in order to be happier, healthier, and more connected.
He writes, “Inevitably, a life of hurry can become superficial. When we rush, we skim the surface, and fail to make real connections with the world or other people”.
He also says, “Despite what the critics say, the Slow movement is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace. Nor is it an attempt to drag the whole planet back to some pre-industrial utopia. The movement is made up of people like you and me, people who want to live better in a fast-paced modern world. The Slow philosophy can be summed up in a single word: balance. Be fast when it makes sense to be fast, and be slow when slowness is called for. Seek to live at what musician’s call tempo giusto—the right speed”.
And I would add to this, the right speed for YOU.
For only you know what that right speed is at any given time.
Carl explains how time came from the need to survive, how Ancient civilizations used calendars to work out when to plant and harvest crops. How industrial capitalism thrived on speed like never before. Throw in consumerism and you have a deadly combo. The result is a disconnect between what we want from life and what we can realistically have, which feeds the sense that there is never enough time.
Each chapter discusses the various benefits of slowing down in several areas of life, including why slow is beautiful, food, mind/body, medicine, sex, the benefits of working less hard, the importance of being at rest, and raising an unhurried child.
Carl talks about how, “The great benefit of slowing down is reclaiming the time and tranquility to make meaningful connections—with people, with culture, with work, with nature, with our own bodies and minds. Some call that living better. Others would describe it as spiritual”.
If you would like your life to slow down, you have to be the one to take the reigns.
This book could be the inspiration to help you change your relationship with time. And enjoy the time you have here while on our planet earth, that much more.
*In Praise of Slowness can be found by clicking here.
Your Turn: Is the pace of your life working for you? Leave a comment below, or email me, firstname.lastname@example.org
I am grateful to be able to spend some time with you virtually today. Thank you.
As always, take from here what works for you, share with your friends if you think they might benefit, and the rest you can leave behind.
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