Journalist Carl Honore gives us even more impetus to slow down in our lives. A reformed rushaholic and author of In Praise of Slowness, he proposes we find a balance with our pace of life. That it doesn’t have to be all or nothing. Which is good news for those of us out there addicted to speed. He confesses he still zips around in his life but consciously chooses when to slow down.
By slowing down at the right moments, people find that they do everything better: They eat better; they make love better; they exercise better; they work better; they live better.
Honore is an advocate of the Slow Movement which seeks to spread this philosophy to the world. Their website has resources on slowing down all areas of our life including schools, cities, travel, food and even money.
It’s important to note that many experts out there believe our fast paced society has had a significant impact on our children. For example, Honore mentions that Harvard and other Ivy Leagues schools have noticed a decrease in creativity and imagination of their incoming freshman and are issuing letters at the start of the year that encourage their students to slow down.
Einstein said imagination is more important than knowledge. So if speed is eating away at our children’s imagination and they are the future leaders of this world, what kind of future can we expect?
We often feel that if we slow down too much we might miss something but it’s actually quite the opposite. Ironically if we fail to slow down at all, a deeper experience of life may very well pass us by.
So what’re your thoughts? Do you find it hard to slow down in your life? Do you feel guilty for taking down-time during the day? If you’ve incorporated the Slow Movement in YOUR life, what advice can you lend?
To view Carl Honore’s TED Talk, click here.