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This article is an excerpt from the article Slow Down! You Move Too Fast originally posted in

Carl Honoré, a recovered “speedaholic,” had an epiphany three years ago that caused him to slow down the hectic pace of his life.

A journalist based in London, Honoré read a newspaper article on timesaving tips that referenced a book of one-minute bedtime stories. He found it an appealing idea since he’d already gotten in the habit of speed-reading “The Cat in the Hat” to his son.

“My first reaction was, yes, one-minute bedtime stories,” he said. “My next thought was, whoa, has it really come to this? That was really when a light bulb went off in my head.”

He realized he had become so anxious to rush through the nightly ritual that he’d rather get seven or even eight stories done in less time than he’d normally spend reading one, quality time be damned.

So he embarked on finding a way to address the issue of “time poverty,” the constant fast-forward motion in which many overscheduled, stressed-out Americans are always rushing toward their next task — work, meals, family time, even sex — rather than savoring what they consider most important.

Honoré’s recent book, “In Praise of Slowness: How a Worldwide Movement Is Challenging the Cult of Speed,” has made him the unofficial godfather of a growing cultural shift toward slowing down.

“[There’s a] backlash against the mainstream dictate that faster is always better, which puts quantity always ahead of quality,” he said. “People all across the West are waking up to the folly of that.”

For advocates of the Slow Movement, it’s not about rejecting technology or changing modern life completely, but rather about keeping it all in balance — not talking on the phone, driving and checking a BlackBerry while headed to the drive-thru before the next meeting.

“I love technology. I love speed. You need some things to be fast — ice hockey, squash, a fast Internet connection,” Honoré said. But, he said, “My passion for speed had become an addiction. I was doing everything faster.”

…To transition to a slower life, Honoré has several suggestions: don’t schedule something in every free moment of your day; prioritize activities and cut from the bottom of the list; limit television watching; and keep an eye on your “personal speedometer” so you can gauge when you are rushing for speed’s sake rather than necessity.

But don’t expect the change to happen immediately — or even naturally. “You don’t slow down by snapping you’re fingers, ‘Now I’m slow,’ ” said Honoré, who got a speeding ticket on his way to a Slow Food dinner as he researched the book.

“That happens,” he said. “My life has been transformed by it, but I still feel that old itch.”

Though it may seem radical to opt out of standard activities or turn off your cell phone, you won’t be alone. There are many people saying “slow” should not be demonized but celebrated as a healthier way of life.

“They’re battling against basic human impulses, as well as the prevailing culture,” Honoré said. “But once they make the jump and see how much it pays off, they don’t look back. Nobody has two burnouts.”

Adrienne Mand

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Written by MattAndJojang

October 18, 2008 at 7:00 pm

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  1. tnx for the article. it reminded me to slow down medyo uphill na naman ang teaching job. pagdating kasi ng december we teachers concern ourselves with the prelim exams, kaya kung minsan even preparing for xmas becomes more secondary.

    leo ferrer

    November 28, 2008 at 5:45 pm

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