Robert Birming

The power of hurrying slowly

Hurrying slowly — I used to think that was a stupid expression. A bit like when Swedish guitarist 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 to get it out NOW. Why do it slowly, step by step?

But nowadays, I've come to appreciate the slow flow more and more. Take this blog for example — a few years ago I would never have been able to start it just for fun and see what happens. I would have had a "master plan" with…

There's nothing wrong with that, of course, but it's a nice relief to know that there's no rush. Just take it one step at a time and see what happens…

I'm still very much a newbie when it comes to hurrying slowly, and I wouldn't be surprised if I suddenly 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