Slow is Fast

 Posted by on December 30, 2011  Add comments
Dec 302011
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I recall a paraphrased line from a movie I've seen at some point in the past: “Slow is smooth, smooth is fast.” I couldn't tell you for sure what the movie title was, but it was a US Marine based story and it was in reference to field stripping and cleaning a rifle.

I've found myself in a bit of a hurry for quite some time. My mindset is to always be doing something 'productive' which usually means quite a bit of activity and a lot of distractions. The general mode of operation is to see an end goal, do 85% of the tasks to get there and get pulled on to something more urgent. I have 110 things on my list of shit to do and time to only do 10 of them. It drives me insane and it is my own fault.

Oddly, I constantly recall that line from the movie. I know I should sit on that park bench, assess my priorities, narrow my focus and do one thing at a time instead of carrying a dozen burdens at once. Slow down, do it with care and purpose and then be done with it. Care and purpose. Done. Fast.

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  5 Responses to “Slow is Fast”

  1. Thanks for sharing what most of us also experience.
    When Brigadier General Rhonda Cornum was asked what her philosphy of life was she said “priorities”. Do the A and B and forget the C priorities. Your seat is a reminder to stop and reflect on what are our priorities – knowing that we cannot get everything done.
    “There is more to life than increasing its speed.”
    Mahatma Gandhi

  2. sounds a bit like a juggler I know – he who has too many balls in air at once may have balls up !

    And I know exactly what you mean about switching projects in mid stream – everything always seems so urgent and exciting that it must be done NOW – but then one does get there in the end 🙂

  3. The texture is beautiful and I keep wanting to step in and fold that bench up like a book and take it away. I can feel the clatter of the slats as I do it. Beautiful the way that it just floats in space there, inviting a stop and rest. Happy New Year Dave!

  4. Strong image Dave . I particularly like your choose of depth of field. Good thoughts. It would be a good one to print and hang on the wall at work as a reminder.

    • Tim, that is a fabulous idea! I will make room for this at my desk to keep things in perspective. Funny I never considered that prior.

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