Thursday, 19 September 2013
In Praise of Slow
We are trying to hold onto all things holiday around here. It's amazing how quickly the everyday creeps back in and you loose the spaciousness that surrounds a holiday.
I wrote a few notes last week, while still away, listing all the things I loved about our trip. I wanted a reminder so when things crowd in on me I can find my way back to some sort of 'holiday' feeling. Part of my list revolved around not being so accessible..... I really loved my 3 months of few phone calls, text messages and emails. There's so much freedom in letting go of all the surplus communication in life. Vast amounts of space open up and so many more possibilities are apparent. The automatic and compulsive comparisons just drop away too. At Telunas we met a successful businessman man who goes there 3 times a year to work on new ideas. He sits looking out at the ocean where there is no email, twitter or endless distraction from the online world and he works. It is where he comes up with his best plans and feels the most inspired.
The biggest test is maintaining that space in a world that is so instant, so on and so big on over-communication.
Like me, love me, link me, tweet me, text me, call me, IG me, Facebook me, Skype me, email me...... phwaaaa.....after stepping away for three and a half months it feels a little like..... bombard me, baby! It's no wonder I've been drawn to read this, In Praise of Slow, since returning. It's a book about challenging the cult of 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.' (It also feels fitting after Indonesia. They are true masters of savoring the minutes).
It really is something a holiday demands you do, slow down. Now I just need to bring that to my everyday. xx
PS. Z is like a new kid. Back to his energetic self and loving life back at kinder with his buddies....I really underestimated how much he would miss his little friends while away.