i’ve noticed the most effective people i know move with a certain slowness that is distinct from others.
their slowness is a result of presence, care and intention. they don’t rush decisions. they take their time. they don’t move in haste, they move at a pace that feels right.
their slowness is a reflection of their comfort with doing things the way they think they should be done.
when we are not rushing, we see things clearly. when we are rushing, we miss important details.
slowness is a manifestation of having our full attention present.
we’re trained to look down on slowness
but if the most thoughtful people use slowness to navigate life with care—perhaps we should question our tendency to live in haste which often causes us to miss things by being so focused on the next moment that we forget to be where we are
tldr: normalize slowness, because it often represents presence—a scarce resource in our always going culture that rewards hustle and punishes reflection
slowness is a way to adjust your grip on life, on the moment you’re in. pause. breathe. look around. proceed. there’s no rush!
Mar 20, 2023, 9:07:16 PM
If you touch an idea too much without actually making it, just like a dough or plaster, it dies. I think it’s better to make and bake it and throw it away than to imagine how it would have worked or tasted.
There are a few things about gardening that are extraordinarily parallel to the way we should be crafting our ideas, work, and relationships:
- A gardener does not dig up a seed the day after it’s planted to see if it has grown. For many days, it will appear that you are giving such care to a pile of dirt, until one day, break-through happens.
- A gardener does not only water a plant after it has bloomed. Most people will hop on board after something is already beautiful, but as the creator, you must give the care and attention long before anyone else can see the results.
- Planting a seed and eating the fruit can never happen in the same day. The fruit eaten from the grocery store will never feel the same as the one you picked off a tree you planted. Delayed gratification will always mean more to us than that which comes instantly.