The above title to this post is a Ralph Waldo Emerson quote, and one you should take note of.  We live in a high-octane society. In most industrialized cultures, speed is the name of the game. We want our gas to get pumped faster, we want our internet faster. God forbid you wait on a fast food line longer than three minutes.  We explode if someone dares drive slow in the fast lane. This is a kind of worldly sickness that all of us experience to one degree or another.

The stress this ‘speed of life’ causes can impede your focus in many important areas of your life.  For example, if you want to get your black belt in judo, you have to learn the basics, repeating them a thousand times until they are second nature. Now throw in the impatience of  instant gratification and within a day you will probably quit. You start believing that judo is too hard because you’re not good at it yet and  move onto the next sport you might like. Then the cycle starts all over again.

Slowing down is an art in today’s society, and in some cases a risk. The mentality of ‘move it or lose it’ might get you run over! There are plenty of books on the subject of slowing down your mind and your life that are at your disposal, just make sure you make the time to read them.

The Point is to try to slow down long enough to enjoy life and the things you want to accomplish.