“There is a secret bond between slowness and memory, between speed and forgetting.
A man is walking down the street. At a certain moment, he tries to recall something, but the recollection escapes him. Automatically, he slows down.
Meanwhile, a person who wants to forget a disagreeable incident he has just lived through starts unconsciously to speed up his pace, as if he were trying to distance himself from a thing still too close to him in time.
In existential mathematics that experience takes the form of two basic equations: The degree of slowness is directly proportional to the intensity of memory; the degree of speed is directly proportional to the intensity of forgetting.”
― Milan Kundera, Slowness
Just imagine you would apply this basic question to yourself, your business, or your team how would it change your perspective and your activities?
When do we really dare to take time to reflect and to memorise all the things that has been successful in the past and how we could reshape our future?
In my perception when you look to current society we are so busy with speeding up, keeping track with all the changes, being part of everything that we forget to slow down, rethink where we come from and actually where are we heading to.
It right away gives an explanation, why nowadays also mindfulness becomes more a hype in the business world, to learn people again to be part of the now and enjoy the slowness of every second.
Companies like Google who actually create speed have their own Executive Director in the company whose responsibility is to promote slowness and mindfulness.
Would it not been nice for today, be aware when you're speeding up may be slowing down what's the reason for it and maybe in that moment of slowing down rethink the decision of your speed.
I wish you a day where the haze and the turtle become one.
Professor organisation al behavioural leadership at IE Business School Clinical Hypnotherapist/psychotherapist and owner school of Clinical Hypnotherapy/Psychotherapy and NLP Executive Coach