A great person, who used to be a friend of mine, once wrote a song called "Slow Down and Enjoy The View." It was a wonderful song but at the time, neither one of us really had much to slow down from. We had time, we had music, we had friendship, we smiled all of the time.
Then we got busy. Life got busy. Work got busy. Does it ever feel to you like you're just too busy?
Even in the middle of a crisis, it can feel like there is too much busyness to take care of business.
The other day I was taking a walk and after several minutes realized that I was hardly experiencing the walk at all because I was thinking so intently about work. I physically stopped in my tracks, took a deep breath, and started walking again. It was time to slow down a moment, see what was around me, and breathe again.
When I worked at GE we had an expression, "sometimes you've got to go slow to go fast," and while that meant something slightly different than simply slowing down, the impact can be the same. Relax. Slow down. Enjoy the view.
To achieve more clarity, slow down and enjoy the view.
Now is a good time to do that.
-- doug smith