There is more to life than increasing its speed. – Gandhi
Some time ago (12 years to be precise) while I was still studying I had happened to read the book “In praise of slow.” The book was a great read; however, then the concept was hard to grasp. Not because of my lack of knowledge, but my lack of practical life experience. Today, after 12 years the contents and the meaning behind every word is just flowing back to me. Today my life has become so busy that I have forgotten to look forward to things or to enjoy the moment when it arrives. I am almost always thinking about a task that needs to be taken care off!
But is it just me? I feel everyone around me is in the same boat. We are a generation who complain “instant gratification” takes too long. We pride in being fast not realizing that stress, aggression, and impatience comes as a part of it.
In this media-drenched, data-rich world we have lost the art of doing nothing. Shutting out distractions and slowing down and simply being alone with our thoughts seems like an impossible and an unheard of task.
As soon as we remove all stimulation, we panic. We do not know how to make use of the time just sitting and gazing at the stars on a starry night! For us controlling is the key to success.
We need to unlearn the ‘fast’ and perform a task in a slow manner (which often yields faster results.)
Today I took charge and set myself this pretty table and took time to just sit in a chair, sip my tea, watching my son play and relax.
“Tea time is a chance to slow down, pull back and appreciate our surroundings. “ Letitia Baldrige
My next ‘relaxing’ thing on the list is to soak in the bath!