“There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
Life is a beautiful adventure. It is supposed to be simple, joyful, magical and meaningful. This depends on the way we react to things, the way we act, the thoughts we generate, the hope and belief we have.
Rushing through our best years is definitely not the answer.
In the center of every major city, in the offices of big companies or in the subway all you can see is thousands of people literally running. The interesting thing is that they are rarely late for somewhere, being in a hurry has just become their lifestyle. Some may confuse it with an active and enthusiastic way of living, but it is actually a thing, that is killing them slowly.
Little by little these people forget that the beauty of life is in the details, the things we take for granted and ignore, and those can be felt only in slow motion. When our senses and conscious are moving faster than our body.
So I suggest you stop now. Look around, hear the noises, feel the atmosphere, communicate, take time for your family and hobbies, work with pleasure. If you’ve fallen into the trap of fast living and for years you’ve been doing everything in a fast motion, without sparing any time for yourself, family, fun, health or for the things you enjoy, then you really need to think over where you are heading in life. Do you want to continue this daily round for the rest of your life and realize the mistake when it is too late to fix it? It is okay, because you can stop that rush right now.
Here are the things you need to do slower in order to feel alive and appreciate everything and everyone around you:
5 Things to Do More Slowly
Eating is not when you are in the fast food restaurant, it’s not when you eat standing up, or just swallowing a sandwich at the office. Having our breakfast, lunch or dinner has to be a ritual which we take seriously.
Sit down, eat slowly and feel the taste of the food, its smell. Chew as many times as you can because digestion starts while we are chewing. Eliminate any distractions, take time to prepare your food and if you don’t have any, just do your best to enjoy it and feel every bit of it. Thus you will be more satisfied and won’t get hungry after half an hour.
Communication these days has reached a point where everyone says what he has to and doesn’t listen to the response. Some of us speak so fast that others can hardly understand a word we are saying.
Stop that unless you want to set a Guinness world record for fastest speaker. If you need to practice, do it in front of a mirror or with your friends and relatives. Think before you speak, don’t use many unnecessary words, tell people only the main information. Then try to listen carefully to what they are saying and respond reasonably so that the result is a meaningful dialogue.
Driving fast is putting your life in danger. The mistake will happen once and the only way to avoid it is to become an attentive driver. Don’t be so brave to go over the speed limit.
It is okay to read fast if you just need to go through a document or some papers. But if you are reading a book or a newspaper, don’t hurry. Examine every sentence and try to get its meaning, feel the author’s message and read between the lines. A book will speak to you only if you understand it correctly.
=Fast walkers are the reason why the street of your city is so difficult to pass. They never do it on purpose, but they push everyone and infect with haste. I know people who do that even when they have nowhere to go, their walk consists of big steps and a rapid gait.
If you fall into that category, start doing something about it. Remember that it is just a habit as everything else and can be changed if you give it time and effort. Start walking slowly and look at the things around you. Go for a walk in the nature, breathe, enjoy the view and notice every detail – the blooming trees, the birds in the sky, the waves in the sea…
Today is a new day with new opportunities. Use it to make a change and do something for yourself. Start doing everything slower and enjoy people, activities, feelings, tastes, etc.. See, hear, feel, breathe and realize in slow motion and every piece of the great puzzle called life will eventually find its place.
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