Speed of thought and action often is seen as an unmistakable sign of good progress. Slowness, on the other side, seems to be a sign of inadequacy, inertia and weakness.

Often, however, it is only slowness that opens up a panoramic view, allows us to immerse ourselves deeply and let our thoughts run free. Instead of speeding up to get further and higher, slowness produces a gain in valuable, sound and consistently sustainable results. Consciously slowing down just when you think you need to do something especially quickly is quite useful.

And for those who never get it done fast enough: Consider the African saying: “The grass doesn’t grow faster when you pull at it”!

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