Slow down

I read this quote today while researching a hunch I had about the link between social media and gambling. It’s about Facebook:

“I don’t really like it,” he said.  “It seems to me that people who are on a lot are denying a couple things.  They’re making time not exist – the speed of it, the instant back and forth.  And, they’re denying that people grow apart.”

Like matrons flirting with one armed bandits, I find myself increasingly refreshing the page, hoping for a little red pop-up, a reward for being witty, interesting or cute. To be honest, I feel like a rat who gets a pellet for pushing the correct buttons. No matter how much praise I get, I still want more, and I want it now. Do the words mean anything to me, or is it just the thrill of the red bubble?

From now on, I want to concentrate on slowing down. When I travel, I prefer to linger, enjoying the passage of time and the ‘I wish things would never end’ sentiment (I’m the only girl I know who hass spent 10 days straight in Bangkok, not going to the islands). Why not apply this chrono-appreciation to the every day? Learn to savour the slow things in life…

The other point about cultivating dead friendships struck me too. Perhaps we should appreciate them as flowers, and accept sometimes they’ll wither away. Again, if they’re worth saving, we should take our time in reviving them, using love and face to face interaction.

With those fresh thoughts in my head, here are several beautiful things that are slow, delightful and worth taking time over:

Bread rising…

Weekend sleep-ins…

Train travel…

Processing film and printing photos

Fromage…

Reading books…

Crystals…

Walking or even rambling…

Brewing your own ginger beer

Let’s take our time?

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