slow people


I’m rushing.  There’s no bus, so I may as well use the time to walk a few stops.  So much to do today and time is running away from me.

But it’s okay.  I’ve been working in slow time already and I offer the following slow thinking.

Life is made up of fast journeys and slow journeys.  We need both.  When one is missing we have a problem, though, I think the biggest problem is when the slow journey is missing.

“Creativity is the product of “wasted” time.”*

Some years ago, I found myself offering “My life is a slow journey in the same direction” as a description of my life.  I was trying to say, I’m a slow learner, I take a lot of time to get things right, but it’s come to mean more than this.

Slow journeys are about who we are becoming.  We all have slow journeys.  We all escape busyness in some way or other, a reaction or response to all the busyness.

Not all slow is the same, and I have come to realise that I can choose what this slowness looks like.  Slow needs to be small, repeatable.  It also needs to be adaptive and imaginative.

This kind of slow is small in a day and big over a lifetime.

It’s not about techniques, though may use, and even invent, them; it’s really about a story or a life process – like a journey.  It understands how it needs reference points beyond the Self, that there is no Self without these other ideas, people, environments.

(*Albert Einstein, quoted in Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber’s The Slow Professor.)

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