Everything seems to be done in a hurry these days. Even Elections!
We’re expected to vote first, ask questions later. Bills are rushed. Negotiations hurried. Foreign policy is all Ready-Shoot-Aim. Velocity trumps veracity.
Politics is increasingly about snap decisions. But speed has infiltrated every aspect of our private lives. A young participant on a recent Street Wisdom event confessed – in tears – she’d never been for a walk, never allowed herself just to wander.
The journalist and author Carl Honoré (In Praise of Slow, The Slow Fix) confesses he was a one-time speed freak. Then, one evening, he noticed he’d become a clock-watching Dad, compressing his son’s bed-time story to Snow White and 3 Dwarves. He realised it was time to uncouple from the rush and since then he’s become the guru of Slow. Slow thinking, slow decision making, slow living.
He and I spent a deliciously laid back-day together before Easter and if you can find the time – you can, by the way – take a listen to our podcast.
- why using a pencil not a laptop helps you learn
- how smart executives master the clock of business
- and how snap decisions are ones we often pay for later (listen up, Westminster…)
After the recording, Carl and I took a wander into the busy-ness of central London. Take a stroll along with us.
P.S. If you want to find a bit of calm amid the rush, I’ll be leading a Street Wisdom workshop on urban mindfulness at the Mind Body Spirit Festival in London on Friday 28 April.