We are so accustomed to fast–fast driving, fast Internet, fast food. We are addicted to speed and we want it to be fast. If we have to wait for anything, we get impatient. But what if it is worth the wait?
I had the chance this week to hear Kurt Friese who is a leader in the slow food movement. There were many life lessons that he shared that resonate with sage-ing. He said that we mistake frenzy or business for efficiency and that we tend to feed ourselves the same way we fuel cars–fast and with corn!
I loved these two comments:
- We are all going to the same place in the end. Are you in that big of a hurry to get there?
- We are what we eat. Does that mean you are fast, cheap, and easy?
When it comes to food (and to life) we should relax, slow down, and enjoy the process. We should be mindfully eating–paying attention to what we eat and savoring it. Kurt concluded with "speed is a dangerous thing."
If we think about people who have pushed life to the limits, it often ends badly or sadly. Since the most memorable moments are usually those we spent around a table "breaking bread together," we should learn more about the slow food movement.
We should eat good food, well prepared, and share it with good friends. I will drink to that!