It’s an irony of our modern lives that while technology is continually invented that saves us time, we use that time to do more and more things, and so our lives are more fast-paced and hectic than ever.
Slowing down is radical in this day and age. An age where…
…we burn with frustration if a webpage doesn’t load instantly.
…we think taking a nap is a sign of laziness.
…we check our email, facebook, twitter 50 times a day.
…we eat instant oatmeal for breakfast, frozen meals for lunch, and order takeout for dinner.
…we search for a quick diet tips and 15 minutes training routines.
Breaking these habits can be hard. But why is that?
We are afraid that something bad will happen if things don’t get done. To calm that fear we work harder, and longer, and harder, and longer…………….only to realize that there’s more to do.
It never ends.
If you’re tired of the grind, let me suggest you step back and take an honest assessment of what needs to be done. There is a new movement in Europe named Slow Food, which “establishes that people should eat and drink slowly, with enough time to taste their food, spend time with the family, friends, without rushing. Slow Food is against its counterpart: the spirit of Fast Food and what it stands for as a lifestyle.”
I just love this idea. A slower-paced life means making more time to enjoy your mornings or evenings with children. It means taking time to enjoy whatever you’re doing, to appreciate the moment, to actually focus on whoever you’re talking to or spending time with — instead of always being connected to a Samsung or iPhone or laptop, instead of always thinking about work tasks and emails. It means single-tasking rather than switching between a multitude of tasks and focusing on none of them.
Today, there is the desire of “having in quantity” (life status) versus “having with quality”.
This no-rush attitude doesn’t represent doing less or having a lower productivity. It means re establishing family values, friends, free and leisure time. Taking the “now”, present and concrete, versus the “global”, undefined and anonymous. It means taking humans’ essential values, the simplicity of living.
Many of us live our lives running behind time, but we only reach it when we die of a heart attack or in a car accident rushing to be on time. Others are so anxious about living in the future that they forget to live in the present, which is the only time that truly exists. We all have equal time throughout the world. No one has more or less. The difference lies in how each one of us does with our time. We need to live each moment. As Oscar Wilde said. “To live is the rarest thing in the world. Most people exist, that is all.”
I found a cool site called Slow Down Now that offers some tips for slowing down, including:
- Have a cup of tea, put your feet up and stare out of the window. Warning: don’t try this while driving:)
- Do one thing at a time. Remember multitasking is a moral weakness ( except for women, who have superior brain function ).
- Write down these words and place them where you can see them, “Multitasking is a Moral Weakness.”
- Practice doing nothing. ( Yes, this is the difficult one.)
- Avoid too much seriousness. Laugh, because you’re only alive on Planet Earth for a limited time.
Enjoy your day!