”You are late.”
“Sorry. I was busy talking about my feelings and killing people.” Jennifer Este
Essentially, running late is very poor manners; any etiquette expert can tell you that. But on the fifth of September, you are officially allowed to be late as much as you want! ☝️🤓 According to scientists, people who are often late live longer thanks to their optimistic attitude. It makes sense if they don’t care much about the time, but some of us stress too often, which is the main reason for being late. As a result, especially in the Western part of the world, where (we believe) each second can make us famous, rich, and successful, people rush to get to places on time and even before the time.
But how late is ‘really late’? Jean-Paul Sartre said, “Three o’clock is always too late or too early for anything you want to do.” Well, if you are coming to the party and finding zero people there – it means you’ve got a chronic lateness disorder. Some researchers say constant lateness is a sign of deep psychological issues, such as anxiety, trouble with self-control, and procrastination. If it’s true, then why are the nations where people aren’t rushing from point A to point B all day long, where people can truly slow down and be in the moment, the happiest nations in the world?
All that hurrying won’t make you the fastest or smartest man alive. Your sneeze is more than three times faster than Usain Bolt… so, please, take it easy and allow yourself to be late. It’s a wise thing to do on the fifth of September! A special day for you all, lazy sloths! 😉
There is an immeasurable distance between late and too late. Og Mandino
If you didn’t know, there’s a movement, created by Geir Berthelsen in 1999 for our planet. It is called the ‘slow planet movement’ and believes the world needs a lesson (or two) on how to slow down properly. Later on, in the book ‘In Praise of Slow,’ Carl Honore described slow movement like this: “It is a cultural revolution against the notion that faster is always better. The Slow philosophy is not about doing everything at a snail’s pace. It’s about seeking to do everything at the right speed! Savoring the hours and minutes rather than just counting them. Doing everything as well as possible, instead of as fast as possible. It’s about quality over quantity in everything from work to food to parenting.”
Our sense of time speeds up as we age. We can’t slow time down (unless we live in a constant now), but we can do something to pace ourselves and create more lasting impressions with our friends, colleagues, job, and family.
If you are 40 years old, one year is approximately four percent of your life. By the time you are 60, one year is less than two percent. It’s speeding up without asking if you ever agreed to that kind of outcome! Knowing that, how would you like to spend it? 🤔 Expand your four or two percent by slowing down every day and simply stopping time… which is, of course, a relative matter because we know we are the energy that is stuck in these strange physical bodies.
Be like a sloth today.
By the way, do you know how slow a sloth is?
Does anyone know? 😂🤸
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