“If you want your dream to be, take your time, go slowly. Do few things but do them well, heartfelt work grows purely.”*
‘The conviviality of working together protected us from “the damage caused by the fast life.” … Slow philosophy overall should not be interpreted … as “the contrast … between slowness and speed – slow versus fast – but rather between attention and distraction”‘.**
What kind of world do you dream of?
It’s unlikely to come quickly but will involve day after day of turning up in focus and hope and action.
‘We are not called to save the world, solve all problems, and help all people. But we each have our own unique call, in our families, in our work, in our world.’^
And when we find each other we can do more.
How we work together makes all the difference in the world.
Beyond debate lies dialogue and, if we can just slow down and listen to each other in deep openness, there is a generative conversation to be had, make it possible to be changed by the journey. Such working spaces bring whispers of hope to our world, making it possible for everyone to bring their contribution in a spirit of conviviality.
(*Donovan Leitch, quoted in the Northumbria Community‘s Morning Prayer.)
(**From Maggie Berg and Barbara Seeber’s The Slow Professor, quoting Carlo Pettrini.)
(^Henri Nouwen, from the Henri Nouwen Society.)