Gandhi says, "There is more to life than increasing its speed." Today, resist reacting to the urgent demands for speed. Focus on working with affection, an attentive presence, and a sense of the spiritual purpose or substance of your activities.
From Wayne Muller's Sabbath:
"All life requires a rhythm of rest. . . . We have lost this essential rhythm. Our culture invariably supposes that action and accomplishment are better than rest, that doing something - anything - is better than doing nothing. Because of our desire to succeed, to meet these ever growing expectations, we do not rest. Because we do not rest, we lose our way. We miss the compass points that would show us where to go, we bypass the nourishment that would give us succor. We miss the quiet that would give us wisdom. We miss the wisdom and joy born of effortless delight. Poisoned by this hypnotic belief that good things come only through unceasing determination and tireless effort, we can never truly rest. And for want of rest, our lives are in danger."
Tarn Wilson is the author of the memoir The Slow Farm and numerous essays. You may read more of her work at tarnwilson.com.