Ladies and Gentlemen. I give you…
Reverie appeared on my kitchen wall not too long ago. He wanted to be. The bin rubbed a grey area onto the white wall over time and revealed the shape of this magical horse creature. It was only recently that I noticed his presence there. I pointed him out to a friend and he just couldn’t see him, so I decided to colour him in a little. He really was given, I just added the wings, because a horse that wants to BE so badly deserves to have wings.
During the last week, I became very aware of the word SLOW. It started when I watched a documentary on cruise ships (because ever since I can remember I dreamed of going on one!). On this particular ship they featured a SLOW food restaurant where food takes a bit longer because the pastas (in this case) are all made from scratch. On the same day I received Moo.com’s newsletter in which they featured a magazine called: Delayed Gratification. What they’re about in their own words:
“Slow news is good news
Like the Slow Travel and Slow Food movements, Slow Journalism is dedicated to taking time to produce something of quality. Unlike most media organisations, we don’t spend our days trying to beat Twitter to the chase. Instead, we allow journalists and editors the time to do what they do best: canvass expert opinion, sift evidence, gain perspective and deliver the final analysis on stories.”
From this I also noticed that there are other apparent slow MOVEMENTS out there (not dance moves:)).
I found this really cool one:
The Slow Science Movement.
On their manifesto they say:
“Science needs time to think. Science needs time to read, and time to fail. Science does not always know what it might be at right now. Science develops unsteadily, with jerky moves and unpredictable leaps forward—at the same time, however, it creeps about on a very slow time scale, for which there must be room and to which justice must be done.”
As well as:
“We do need time to think. We do need time to digest. We do need time to misunderstand each other, especially when fostering lost dialogue between humanities and natural sciences. We cannot continuously tell you what our science means; what it will be good for; because we simply don’t know yet. Science needs time.”
So do artists.
To be creative and give the world the best work that we can, we need time to ponder, dream and SEE.
I treasure Slow. When I let Slow in creatures appear to me. Like Reverie above and Peace Bhoomie here:
And when you are patient and you are having fun, things like these happen without you even noticing:
I invite you today to allow yourself to become part of your own SLOW MOVEMENT. The Challenge of Slow is for the Month of June. I will post some elements for support during June.
For now: Consider the idea of going slow. Are you going at a pace that allows the things you want and need in your life enough time to fully appear?
Until next time friend. Have a hand-crafted weekend and whatever you do – take your time.