In my A to Z of Becoming, S stands for “Slow”.
This is one of my favourite verbs. I find the “slow movement” very appealing. I’ve no doubt that slowing down, taking your time, allows you to be more fully present and so, to more fully appreciate and enjoy the everyday.
Too often we find our lives are so full of…..what? Stuff, tasks, duties, distractions?? And time flies past so fast. But time, of course, isn’t something that exists outside of us, it’s an experience (as Bergson, I think, says with his idea of “duration”).
So, how to find a way to experience time differently? To find the ways to enjoy life more fully?
I’ve a tendency to look to Life, Nature, and the Body, when I want to learn something. And here’s what a strawberry teaches me.
This photo, taken recently, is of strawberry plants in my garden. Slowly, little strawberries began to appear. Slowly, they started to grow, and now, slowly they are turning red. Only one thing remains – to eat them – SLOWLY!
You can’t hurry a strawberry.
Why hurry anything else?
What a joy to watch the daily growth and ripening of these fruits.
And what a joy to pick them one at a time, enjoying just one each day as it comes to fruition, savouring it, a bite at a time.
What a joy to live, slowly.