Robert Birming

The beauty of hurrying slowly

In Sweden we have the expression "skynda långsamt" (hurry slowly). Maybe it's the same in English. Anyway, I used to think it was kinda stupid. A bit like when the Swedish gitarrist Yngwie Malmsteen commented on the saying "less is more":

Less is more... how can that be? It's impossible... more is more.

I wanted everything to happen all at once and as fast as possible. I have an idea and I want it out NOW. Why do it slowly and step by step?

But nowadays I've come to appreciate the slow flow more and more. Take this blog, for example — a couple of years ago, I would never have been able to launch it just for fun and see what happens. I would've had some "masterplan" with...

Nothing wrong with those things, of course, but it's a nice relief knowing that it's no hurry. Just take it step by step and see what happens...

I'm still very much a newbie when it comes to skynda långsamt and I wouldn't be surprised if I all of a sudden come up with the next "brilliant idea" that just can't wait to see the light of day. But I try to remind myself to slow down, and it's a very satisfying feeling.

Nature does not hurry, yet everything is accomplished. — Lao Tzu