Thursday, January 31, 2008

Thankful Thursday

Today I'm thankful for slowness. I'm thankful for days, nay, afternoons, nay, minutes where no one is pressuring you to do more faster, where you can go at your own pace, where you can listen to your body, listen to the breeze, listen to what usually gets drowned out by commercials or others' expectations or superficial distractions. Heck, maybe some of us don't even know what we're missing because we've never prioritized a slow listen into our schedules.

In slowness we can savor. Slowness allows us to count the spots on ladybug wings, to notice a new crinkle around the smiling eyes of someone we love and to complete a task with integrity. Like the whole "slow food" movement that started in Italy where food is locally planted and grown to make whole meals, which are made without typical "fast food" processes. The meals themselves are prepared from scratch and eaten in courses, almost as if each course were a rare gift. The dinner table becomes a destination of quality togetherness and quality nourishment. Slow, in this case, means done with care.

I'm thankful for hand-made gifts (they are more original), artisan creations (they are more beautiful) and home-made cakes (they are more delicious), all of which come much slower than their pre-packaged counterparts.

What are you thankful for today?

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