Beeing “slow”, living “slow”

GreenThese days I’m preparing my holidays as you probably are doing too. Since 1999 I’ve been travelling to the Black Forest in Germany for holidays. Knowing that I live in a wonderful country with an attractive and beautiful coast and with the peaceful mountains, some of my friends have been asking why I’ve decidede to go so far to spend my holidays. The answer is: because I’m looking for peace.

I thought holidays had to be a time for relax and for charging the batteries for the next year coming in September. Now I think that we can try to have more relaxed life all the year round, not only on holidays. You just need to know how to do it. I’m reading a book now where it says, that you could start living “slow” by leaving your watch at home and trying to find time for everything you want to do, without stressing. Many friends are doing so on their holidays, so I asked them why they did not the same the rest of the year, and they answered that the pressure of their bosses or of their customers banned them from planning the day their way. We’re all affraid of breaking the chain by relaxing and forcing others to “slow” their rythm in the their lifes. But, would things run this way? Would it be a chaos to have breaks in our lifes to relax, to reflect, to take a deep breath?

Having peaceful holidays is also labeled as “slow” holidays. I enjoy the Black Forest walking through their dark and fresh woods, swimming in their lakes, biking through their paths, and enjoying their praries for laying and reading, reading, reading, ….. and listening to my favorite songs; having conversations with my family; getting to know how germans live in this town; visiting castles; eating exquisite ‘Kuchen’ and drinking excellent bear…

What do you have in mind for this summer? Why don’t you plan to live in a “slow” rythm during the next holidays. Just give you some time for everything you decide to do, and try to decide as few things as possible. Don’t fill your days with to many compromises or obligations. Relax.

There’s an association in Klagenfurt (Austria) that is fosterin “slow” living. It’s called Zeitverein (Time association). They want to be “masters” of their time. You also con visit the web of SlowDown (they call this site as the Official Site of the International Institute of NOT DOING MUCH).

There are more and more people all over the world that are trying to get “slow” and fight for their right to be so. I invite you to join us.

Have a wonderful and “slow” holidaytime.



About Oriol

Professor dels Estudis d'Economia i Empresa de la UOC Lecturer of the Department of Economics and Business Administration Universitat Oberta de Catalunya - Barcelona- Spain
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