Les Patterson????????s Monday Morning Boost: In praise of slowness

My girls and I were taking the ??????long way home?????? from church yesterday, meandering along the back roads of Hyde Park and North Logan. I was enjoying the blooming flowers and beautiful start to summer when Rebecca pipes up from the back seat, ??????You know Dad??????? the speed limit is 30.??????

Often times my meandering has been ??????way too slow?????? for my kids, or more aptly put, ??????this is way too long Dad!?????? But this time, apparently, I was actually driving 10 miles an hour below the posted speed limit.

For a guy who drives a fiery red Neon complete with a spoiler (someday I????????ll share the story), driving slow is not in my makeup. Granted, after getting a $300 speeding ticket several years ago, driving over the speed limit isn????????t in my normal makeup either. But I am always in a hurry, rushing to get things done, pushing deadlines.

Rebecca said I????????m sometimes like her favorite Wonka-ism from the Willie Wonka movie: ??????Hurry please! We have so much time and so little to see. Wait a minute. Strike that. Reverse it. Thank you.??????

That????????s me, to a T.

Life always seems to be busy, always trying to find time to squeeze one more thing into too little time. Maybe that????????s why I find myself subconsciously finding ways to slow life down.

Carl Honore, a journalist and self-proclaimed ??????rehabilitated speedaholic,?????? has penned a book, ??????In Praise of Slowness ???????? Challenging the Cult of Speed.?????? In Honore????????s words, the Slow Movement is:

A cultural revolution against the notion that faster is always better. The 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???????.

Is Honore suggesting we throw out technology and everything that makes our life busy? Not at all. Though there are times letting go of technology sounds quite refreshing, especially after visiting with my friend Mike. Mike, who is near my age, enjoys living a life free of many of today????????s electronic conveniences ???????? no cell phone, no tablet, no computer, no email, and he stills pays his bills with a stamp and envelope (which is exactly how I????????ll have to get today????????s Monday Morning Boost to him!).

Sound appealing? At times. But that????????s not what Honore is suggesting. Nor does slow mean anti-speed. Rather, slowing down is all about finding the right pace and the right balance for all we do in life which will help us discover ??????energy and efficiency?????? in areas we least expect.

I could use more energy and more efficiency. Perhaps slowness is the key. Hey girls! Let????????s go meandering!

Have a great Monday. Thanks for letting me share!

Les Patterson

p.s. Take 15 minutes today and read more about slowness at: www.carlhonore.com/books/in-praise-of-slowness/



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