Reub's journey

08 February 2011

Slow mover

This week marks the start of a new semester at school, a whole new batch of students, four big preps for classes,  help-sessions I volunteered to lead during lunch times, a small dinner party on Friday, a meeting with student teachers on Saturday, and an art exhibit coming up next Monday. That's why paying a visit to the International Institute of Not Doing Much might have been a bad idea on a day when there was actually quite a bit that needed doing. But it seems that there is a thing called the Slow Movement, worth checking out for all of you who are tired of fast food, rapid transit, "helicopter parenting," and just generally over-busy days. From the movement's manifesto:  

If you can slow down when all around you are speeding up, then you're one of us. Be proud that you are one of us and not one of them. For they are fast, and we are slow. If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing slowly. Some are born to slowness—others have it thrust upon them. And still others know that lying in bed with a morning cup of tea is the supreme state for mankind.

The action in this video is sped up...can you imagine how slowly these women are actually walking?

So hey, maybe this week needs to move a little slower. The minutes devoted to reading about the Slow Movement actually caused me to be just a little late for work this morning; this must mean I am already quite a successful Slow Mover.


  1. "If you're attempting to eat breakfast and floss at the same time..."

    THAT's multitasking! Heck, I do both of those plus talk on the phone and gargle--while driving. Now, I find that maybe I'm taking on too much at once!

  2. I need a little fast moving help. :) I am slow enough already.

  3. Yay!! You are speaking my language here. I love every single thing about this post. I read it twice - SLOWLY. Might read it again.

    Here here! Make time an ally, not an enemy, yes? I say yes.

  4. Haha Snow! I see you visited the link. Did you join? Maybe I will, but only because they are slow to send emails and will make me swear to inaction.

    Rebecca, Oh gosh, me too. The Slow Movement makes me feel better about myself!

    Reya, time is an ally, that is so true. "Racing against the clock" is an unhealthy cultural quality, I think.

  5. No, Kerry, I probably won't be joining unless my wife gets more hectic than it now is.


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