The Advantage of Slow….
Merriam Webster defines the word slow as “moving, flowing, or proceeding without speed or at less than usual speed.” Today is April 17th, 2020, and most of our world is under a Stay-At-Home mandate to help reduce the spread of the coronavirus, COVID-19. In essence, we have been forced to slow down. No more traffic jams on major highways, no more rushing through meals in busy restaurants, no more filling our days with errands and busy tasks, no more stretching ourselves paper thin by cramming as much as we can into an 8 hour span of time, no more half conversations with our loved ones because we don’t have time to stop and listen, no more missed developmental milestones with our children, no more excuses why we don’t have time to pray or read God’s Word daily.
The list goes on. And as many people struggle to adjust to this slow pace in life, I somehow believe this is exactly what God wants…for us to slow down and re-evaluate our priorities in life. I believe this time of isolation and deceleration is designed to produce reevaluation, restoration, and clarification. Personally, this time of deceleration has also produced a huge amount of appreciation.
What if slowing down wasn’t associated with narratives such as stopping, not producing, boredom, anxiety, depression, imbalance, and dissatisfaction. What if slowing down was instead associated with narratives such as rest, reconnection, peace, balance, connection, creativity, trust, and faith. When you think of the word slow what comes to mind? I will admit, going slow has helped me grow. Going slow has created a new narrative I plan to continue for the rest of my life. Going slow has allowed me to not only focus more on my values, but lead more with my values in mind.
I believe slowing down is more than just a method to stop the spread of COVID-19. It’s a time to PAUSE. BREATHE. THINK. CONNECT. Recall the story of the Turtle and the Hare. They decided to have a race. The hare moved very quickly to the finish line, but got distracted from the goal and overconfident thus stopped to take a nap. Meanwhile, the turtle maintained his slow pace, was not tempted by distractions, kept the goal in mind and won the race. The turtle’s slow pace was an advantage. After all, not only did he win the race, he was able to enjoy the journey!