“Like a bee in a flower bed, the human brain naturally flits from one thought to the next. In the high-speed workplace, where data and headlines come thick and fast, we are all under pressure to think quickly. Reaction, rather than reflection, is the order of the day. To make the most of our time, and to avoid boredom, we fill up every spare moment with mental stimulation…Keeping the mind active makes poor use of our most precious resource. True, the brain can work wonders in high gear. But it will do so much more if given the chance to slow down from time to time. Shifting the mind into lower gear can bring better health, inner calm, enhanced concentration and the ability to think more creatively.”
― Carl Honoré, In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed
As the plane’s wheels hit the runway, my body feels the force of the halt pressing my back against my seat. The sound of the wind against the wing flaps roars and within seconds we have gone from 500 mph to 25 mph.
I have embarked on a 10 day journey on an island. This is a far cry from my daily routine of cramming 36 hours of work and play into 24 hours.
It is now Day 2 and island life is starting to set in. My amazing husband listens to my struggle as my mind still races looking for something to organize, or a problem to solve, or a client to help. I still have to make a conscious effort to slow my engines. The wind flaps are up and I am grinding to a halt. I have arrived.