"Wisely, and slow. They stumble, those that run fast."
- William Shakespeare
This is a reminder to self, and all those like me, who need to slow the pace a bit and quiet the body and mind. Let me explain:
I’m high energy, productive, quick thinking, and I walk and talk fast. I get things done efficiently and generally ahead of time. True, Corporate America loves these characteristics. But, and there is a huge pause here, these are not necessarily good qualities. The flip side of this persona is impatience to others, and frustration when things don’t move forward according to my time frame. It’s a personality type that lends itself to stress, worry and even burn out.
I used to say I was just wired this way, and couldn’t help myself. But that's not the truth. We can choose to slow down, be aware and mindful, without thinking about the next task. It’s a kinder way. And a path to better health. I’m trying with a little bit of inspiration by Simon and Garfunkel's infamous lyrics from the "59thStreet Bridge" song:
Slow down, you move too fast
You got to make the morning last
Just kicking down the cobblestones
Looking for fun and feelin' groovy