I’ve always seen myself as a creative person, but I’ve realized one main obstacle that often gets in my way:
I am a speedwalker.
No matter where I’m going, I’m trying to get there as quickly as possible
. My posture is just like that of the familiar pedestrian icon, leaning forward, eyes on the destination. Walking isn’t a recreational sport for me, it’s a way to get from point A to point B.
Can you relate?
Lately I've been thinking, in all of my hurry and busyness, what am I missing along the way? What would happen if I changed my pace, or moved differently through the world? Would I find new perspective or ideas?
I've been trying to take Wendell Berry's advice, to "Sit down. Be quiet." I've also been trying to notice more
. To change my pace up throughout my day.
To take deeper breaths.
What's your default pace? How do you find fresh perspective and creative ideas?
In February I gave a talk on this subject at Pecha Kucha Winnipeg Vol. 29. You can watch the full talk here
(which follows the unique 20x20 Pecha Kucha format), or read the summary here
Here are some other great resources about the value of changing your pace:
Thanks for reading. Have a great, attentive day.