Proof That Slowness Is a Good Thing

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by theslowman

Not all things slow are bad. This isn’t necessarily a new idea – people have been touting the idea of slowing down for a long time. But every day, I’m reminded with proof that it’s worth repeating and reinforcing.

I can see why it’s been a tough sell over the years, especially when you take a look at definitions of the word “slow.” I don’t like what the dictionary has to say about the concept:

  • Marked by a retarded tempo
  • Registering a time or rate behind or below the correct one
  • Lacking liveliness or interest; boring
  • Not having or exhibiting intellectual or mental quickness

Some pretty negative associations there – incorrect, retarted, stupid. Definitely not a word most people would want to have hanging over their head.

It’s only when you get to the word “slowness” that you start to see some positive definitions, one in particular: deliberate. Cross reference definitions of that word and things start to get closer to the mark:

  • Done with or marked by full consciousness of the nature and effects; intentional
  • Arising from or marked by careful consideration
  • Unhurried in action, movement, or manner, as if trying to avoid error

For me, this site, and the content I’ll be doing over time, slowness is clearly where it’s at. Be deliberate. Be aware. Be conscious in everything you do. That’s what the Slow Man is all about.

The way I look at it most things that take their own damn time are worth it. Fast, cheap, and quick usually end up costing you more in the long run.

Hope you’ll stay tuned.

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