So apparently June 21 was the International Day of Slow but I missed it because I was too busy running around. Obviously the irony is not lost on me. I’ve been trying to make a concerted effort to slow down ever since I read In Praise Of Slowness by Carl Honore a couple of months ago. The author explains that he decided to write the book when he found himself considering the purchase of a book called One-Minute Bedtime Stories and decided that his priorities may be a bit out of whack. Um, I own that book so needless to say I felt guilty and compelled to read his book.
In Praise of Slowness questions why we are all in such a rush and then breaks down all the different areas of our life where we can slow down. He covers everything from Food, Cities, Mind/Body, Medicine, Sex, etc. and explains how it can all be so much more enjoyable if we simply stop rushing from one thing to another. He argues that the Slow movement is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace, on the contrary, it’s for people who want to live better in a face-paced modern world. In one word-balance.
While all the chapters have something worthy, I spent a considerable amount of time in the food chapter. I’m “culinary challenged” so reading about the Slow Food networks throughout the world really struck a chord with me. ” Slow Food is an international, educational organization devoted to promoting fresh, local, and sustainably-produced food, biodiversity, and the preservation of food traditions, as well as celebrating the pleasures of the table. It was founded in 1989 to counteract fast food and fast life, the disappearance of local food traditions and people’s dwindling interest in the food they eat, where it comes from, how it tastes, and how our food choices affect the rest of the world”.
I got connected with our Slow Food St. Louis chapter and was amazed by all the opportunities and projects that they are leading here in my fair city. I participated in my first one in early June called Lambstravaganza. Lambstravaganza was a multi-course (8!) dinner impeccably prepared by some of the top chefs in St. Louis. Along with an abundance of Missouri products, the family-style meal featured grass-fed lamb and free-range eggs produced by our hosts at Prairie Grass Farms, Dave and Barb Hillebrand. Phenomenal food, folks and a fantastic way to enjoy both the way that they were meant to be. If you feel as if you are constantly moving at lightning speed, I’d strongly recommend running right out and picking up a copy of In Praise of Slowness.