Thursday, May 28, 2009

The Slow Movement

The Slow Movement is a way of life that believes faster is NOT always better. The overall perspective is that one can find balance and fulfillment by slowing down the pace of life.

Author Carl Honore says "Slow Philosophy is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace. It’s about seeking to do everything at the right speed. Savoring the hours and minutes rather than just counting them. Doing everything as well as possible, instead of as fast as possible. It’s about quality over quantity in everything from work to food to parenting."

You'll be hearing more about the Slow Movement if you haven't done so already. Slow Schools, Slow Food, Slow Rights. Slow Cities. I think it's a great message that offers old-school ways to live a meaningful life.

I've always been a bit of tortoise, so this is right up my alley. I don't have an over-scheduled life, rush to do things, or enjoy face paced diversions. I'm easy like Sunday Morning.

International Day of Slowness is coming soon, uh, I mean, slowly arriving on June 21st. Be a part of it for a day. Or maybe more.

14 comments:

PTC said...

If i get behind a slow walker I might lose my mind!!

Dr. Deb said...

Oh, PTC, that made me lol!

PTC said...

Glad I could make you laugh. Slow walkers drive me INSANE!!! I have short legs, but they move fast and furiously through the streets of NY.

(my blog is usually private, so if you'd like to read it just shoot me an email and I'll invite you. thepalmtreechick@yahoo.com)

talesofacrazypsychmajor said...

@PTC me too! They drive me crazy. I love my fast walking. When I walk with other people they hate me though because I go too fast. Getting stuck behind tourists is the worst.

CrackerLilo said...

About the only things I like fast are cars and computers. I type very fast and drive almost sociopathically fast when I rent a car. Otherwise, I guess I'm a revolutionary! I hate microwaved food and being rushed and people who try to fast-talk me.

And yeah, in NYC, this is one reason why I feel I don't quite fit. I've had to walk faster--I'm convinced that this is why my speedy L'Ailee likes to hold hands--and I try to talk faster, but it's hard.

My brother wants to sell artisanal liquors one day, and this week, he sent me three bottles of his latest experiment, an absolutely smooth and delicious bourbon that smacks you upside the head. It is not a fast or easy thing to make. A couple friends and I killed one bottle, and we'll have to save the rest for a special occasion, because I can't get any more for months, maybe even a *year*! He'd subscribe to this. We both like bourbon much better than beer.

Xmichra said...

sometimes it's hard to slow down. But kids keep you in check, that's for sure! My daughter will tell me "Mama, , quick and sloppy make mistakes, slow and steady wins the race " lol... i have no idea where she got the first half of that...

Barbara(aka Layla) said...

I love it....being a tortoise type myself :)

Casdok said...

Not sure i know how to do slow!

Jade said...

I love this topic Deb. Crys and I often talk about this very thing. It's normally brought up by observing people driving 90mph on the freeway darting in and out of lanes only to get off at the same exit and at the same time as us. They are so consumed by getting ahead that they don't realize all the weaving in and out of traffic slows them down.

The next movement I'd like to see is "unplugging" our youth. They too move through out their days with a fast pace but they are also often plugged in to things throughout the day. iPods, video games, phones in their ears. We're raising a generation that doesn't know how to just be. They require stimulation and entertainment all the time. Many lack the skills to enjoy their surroundings without added stimulation.
Good post as always Deb!

traci said...

This is right up my alley! I've been called Racy before precisely because I'm NOT!

Chato said...

I very old and dear friends would always reply to my question "how she is doing today", would say in a deep Italian accent, "I'm schlepping forward, but-is a better then schlepping backwards."

Movement is always better but theirs a deference then going to to smell the rose and only being able to make slow.

So now I will slowly mention my Mental Health Month Cartoon-a-thon. I remember talking to you Dr. Deb last year about it. I just finished my 31st cartoon and wanted to offer you use of any of them if you think might fit your posts.

Chato

jumpinginpuddles said...

ill send this to my ex he never moves fast he says too many do it for him, now they have a movement named after slow people like they need any more encouragement

Saur♥Kraut said...

I am slowly warming to this idea.

The poster reminds me of an eye chart, which makes sense as I've been struggling through a month and a half of eye surgeries.

Chrys Rosen said...

I like the idea of the Slow Movement. A necessary alternative life style. And good for mental and physical health as well as the well-being of the planet.