Slow Down!

Do you ever get the feeling the you don’t have enough time? Do you feel like you need more than 24 hours in a day? Does life feel like a never-ending race against the clock? Are you always in a hurry?

What do you think of when you hear these questions? If the answer to this last question is “work” or something related to it, then you should Slow Down! You are an workaholic either you like it or not, either you admit it or not.

“So what?”, “What’s the big deal?”, “It’s only temporarily… ”

Well, it is a big deal!! And you know why? Because you might end up missing what’s really important in life!
You might pass by the love of your life and not see it, you might not see your child growing up, you might lose your friends, family, health and sometime, even life.

Do you really think that a bigger check or a promotion will fill the gap?!?

Click

This post is inspired by a movie I saw this weekend - Click - which really got to me. It’s a movie with Adam Sandler - yeah I thought it’s funny movie too :) - which turned to be a very serious one.
It’s about a workaholic architect who finds a universal remote that allows him to fast-forward and rewind to different parts of his life. Complications arise when the remote starts to overrule his choices.

The movie’s moral, from my point of view, is this: You might not have a second chance in life, so make sure you don’t waste it!

Also, it reminded me about a concept that I bumped into a few month ago - Downshifting or Slow Movement. I going to let Carl Honore to tell you more on this subject - I recommend you to slow down at least for about 20 minutes to watch this talk posted on TED - Carl Honore: Slowing down in a world built for speed:

Journalist Carl Honore is best known for his advocacy of the Slow Movement. His book In Praise of Slowness dissects our speed-obsessed society and celebrates those who have gotten in touch with their “inner tortoise.”

Slow Down!
Slow Down!

In a world of hi-speed, sometimes it’s better to just slow down!

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I’ve also seen click and it is definately one of those that makes you think at the end of it. Great movie and a great actor, serious point gotten across in a great funny movie.

I could not agree with you more!

I like the TED clip. I’ve watched a number of TED videos in the past, and it’s almost always good stuff. Slowing down is important. Just watch your kids sometimes, they know how. They haven’t been fully indoctrinated into the culture of speed.

Click is just one of those movies that make you realize a lot of things at the end. It’s always great to watch movies that give lessons to their viewers. You should always have time for family. Take life one day at a time. Material things make you happy, but true happiness is priceless!

I watched “Click” about a year ago and the ending certainly has its serious moments. I am naturally a fast walker. I feel like I have so much to get done in a day, so I try to get to certain places quicker (my desk, printer, supply closet, etc.)

Sometimes I think, boy I can’t keep doing this all my life.

A great talk from Carl Honore about slow movement. I totally agree with him about slowing down. Nowadays, time flies! Everything is done in a hurry, in a speed! But do we feel fulfilled and complete at the end of the day? Remember, we live only once. We must not just make the most out of it, but live it slowly so we may experience every second of what life has to give.

Its about living in the now rather than in the future. The future and later dont really exist, except in our minds. Time is all relative — theory of relativity. If you are waiting for ‘later’, it will never come.

If youre living for the future, you are chasing a ghost.

The feeling you mention was very much a part of my life, but since i gave up my job and started working on my own time its been simply wonderful.

Sometimes I wish the night was longer so we all would get to sleep in

“Because you might end up missing what’s really important in life!”

Hit the nail on the head!

In fact there is another good quote:

“Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop to look around once in a while, you might miss it”

I saw Click long time ago and i think is a good and an inspiring movie for some of us. Yeah, it was so funny.

All movies with Adam Sandler are the best.I have watched to this movie and it’s awesome!

It reminds me of a Kekich’s Credo…Cherish time, your most valuable resource. You can never make up the time you lose. It’s the most important value for any productive happy individual and is the only limitation to all accomplishment. To waste time is to waste your life. The most important choices you’ll ever make are how you use your time.

Honestly i feel like this every single day. Working as a freelancer journalist can be tough some times but most of the time its pretty adventures. Since i am online like 247 but still traveling the world to report about stuff i often dont even recognize when a day passes by. I loved Click by the way, the pre-ending was so sad :(

You are soooo right! Maybe this movie seems shallow at the beginning, but I’m sure that everyone shed a tear in the end!