Today we are living in a world where everyone is running to reach somewhere. Yet no one seems to be reaching anywhere. At least not where they want to reach.
Technological advances have enabled us to travel from one continent to the other in matter of hours as opposed to months about half a century back. Whereas information on any given topic at any time of the day or night is now at our fingertips.
Does it mean that the life has become easier? The answer ironically is: NO.
There’s something unsettling about the constant craving for the new without any regard for the things we already have.
Most of us are constantly indulged in multiple tasking. Taking care of the family, making sure the bills get paid, finding a place to park the car while at the same time keeping the cell phone charged, remembering your child’s tuition schedule, a doctor’s appointment; the list is long.
When we spend most of our waking hours trying to fit more into our day the first casualty are our relationships, which suffer when in our hurry to “get things done,” we sacrifice what’s truly important.
It’s been termed ‘the tyranny of the urgent.’
We may recognize ourselves in children reluctant to go to bed because they don’t want to miss anything. If we are lucky enough to get wiser as we get older we learn what’s good for you, and one of them is the right amount of sleep. The wise actually do the things they know are good for them.
The Slow Movement is a worldwide movement to recapture the state of connectedness.
The movement is gaining momentum, as more and more people recognize their discomfort at the fast pace and disconnected nature of their lives.
The main tenet of the Slow Movement is that by taking the appropriate amount of time to experience the various activities of our lives, we are able to get in touch with what is deeply satisfying and fulfilling.
It is important to note that the Slow Movement is not about doing things slowly.
It is about finding the right speed with which to do something in a way that values quality over quantity, long term benefits over short term gains, and well-being of the many over the few.