Free to go very slow
“There’s absolutely no reason for being rushed along with the rush. Everybody should be free to go very slow.” — Robert Frost
A box turtle couple has lived in the wooded lot behind our yard for all the years we have been there. We have never seen them together, but the brightly colored male or his mate occasionally appears at different spots in our yard, and we have seen the female laying eggs near our picket fence. We also see some delightfully tiny baby turtles from time to time. Often when I spot one of the turtles, I’ll run inside to get my camera. I am always amazed at how much ground they cover during the brief moments I’m gone. Sometimes they disappear altogether. It seems impossible to me that they can move so slowly, yet still go so far.
When things feel craziest and most out of control in my life, I find that it helps tremendously to give myself permission to ignore the clock. Almost any task can become pleasant if I don’t feel obligated to rush while doing it. I put on my MP3 player tuned to an interesting audiobook, or some favorite lively music, and I take my time as I clean house, garden or walk. I might not accomplish as much as I would if I pushed myself harder, but I feel happy and contented when I allow myself to go slowly.