Thursday, June 21, 2007

Why I'm Slow... and Proud

Those who know me well know that I am not exactly Mr. Jump the Gun. Most people assume that it's laziness... and that's partially true. But more importantly, I don't see a need to rush things all the time. I find that if I were to do the same thing as someone else, there would be a marked difference in how it gets done: While the other person might start off much faster, doing the job as it normally is done, I generally spend my time slowly tinkering with ideas and how best to do the job at hand in the least amount of time and with minimal effort (again, partly because I'm lazy). I find it to be much more efficient, relaxing, and in the end, far more successful. I think that most people intuitively understand this concept and many do the same themselves.

But yet, we see everyone constantly rushing around... and this is particularly true in big cities, particularly true in Jewish communities, and especially true of Jews in New York City. I've written about this rushed feeling in New York before [I'll try to link it later], and lately I've spent more time trying to move slowly, be more relaxed. It's actually entertaining to walk at an "out-of-towner" pace in Midtown Manhattan, as people rush and bustle all around you, and realize 'I don't need to live like this'. While obviously there is a time and place for doing things quickly, most of the time, we all could use a little bit of a slow-down.

And now, enjoy this video. Yes, you do have the time for it. Just slow down a bit. :)

: Many SerandEz readers may want to skip from about 8:20 to 9:40 or so.