decelerating life


“We’re so caught up in trying to do everything, experience all the essential things, not miss out on anything important…We can’t read all the good books, watch all the good films, go to all the best cities in the world, try all the best restaurants, meet all the great people…Life is better when we don’t try to do everything. Learn to enjoy the slice of life you experience, and life turns out to be wonderful.” {Leo Babauta}

I recently met a friend for coffee and spent at least 10 minutes watching her fiddling with her smart phone.  Now, I’m not here to pass judgment because I’ve been guilty of responding to just one text or finishing up just one email while ignoring the person sitting across from me.  Our smart phones – or rather our addictions to our smart phones – are causing us to behave in really dumb ways.

Our always-on-connections have deceived us into thinking we are far more important than we actually are.  For most of us, the world won’t stop turning if we put the smart device away for 20 minutes and give our undivided attention to the person who has taken time from his or her day to meet for a cup of coffee rather than just sending a text or email.  (NOTE: readers who work as emergency room physicians should certainly ignore this rant… by all means, check your phones as often as needed.)  For me, I promise to break this bad habit ASAP.  And, I’m going to take it a step further… I’ve decided to embrace the “good slow” in 2013.

Cheers to a slow and gorgeous year ahead.