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 Read the rest of this entry