Slow Down – Carl Honore on Chilling Out

I recently gave an interview and the questioner, like many others before him, asked about my busy lifestyle. “Absolutely,” I said, “crazy busy all the time. Fast paced. Happy. BUT crazy busy.”

I’m sure you know what I mean. We’re all doing everything so quickly. Saving time here, efficiency there, etc. Our lives are faster than every before.

After the interview, I wondered to myself how many times I’ve replied with that answer when asked. Innumerable.

I always want to catch myself, but, ironically, I always feel like slowing down later. “Not always slow, not lazy, just the right balance” I thought, “Slow at the right times.” I praised myself for how much I slow down when I’m chilling in Paris. But I quickly reminded myself how little I’ve been able to get over there lately.

And then I stumbled upon Carl Honore, author of In Praise of Slowness. If you are able, perhaps slow down for 20 minutes and watch this vid clip about living at the right speed. If you don’t have time now, at least slow down for the next few minutes. Stand up. Stretch your back and get a drink of water or something. Seriously. I challenge you.

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3 Responses to Slow Down – Carl Honore on Chilling Out

  1. Carson Blume March 7, 2007 at 11:55 am #

    I can not watch this video right now, I have to run to a lunch meeting!!!

  2. Carson Blume March 14, 2007 at 1:55 pm #

    Ok finally go to to it, and that is 20min that everyone need to see. Thank you.

  3. admin October 7, 2008 at 2:26 pm #

    Best 20 minutes of my day! Excellent lecture! I too have been recently making time to basically, slow down and enjoy life. Not that I do not enjoy what I do for a living, but slipping away for at least 20 minutes a day has totally help get the creative juices flowing again. (Even if that 20 minutes was reflecting on how I went all morning with my zipper un-zipped….)

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