In the recent years, the Slow Movement has been gaining traction with 60,000 affiliations in 20 different countries. Being slow does not mean working at glacial pace. It means to enjoy life not in the fast lane, to take the time to enjoy life, enjoy your environment, and enjoy in the qualitative aspects—not quantitative. It first started as the slow food movement, where every ingredient in a meal is treated with respect, that food should be fully enjoyed at a slower pace to truly appreciate it. Then came the slow city movement where now the entire city participates in enjoying life at a slower pace. We are taught to do things quickly and efficiently, and that is seen from many industries, such as Amazon Prime, fast food restaurants, and drive-thru pharmacies. Most of the service industry is all about fulfilling instant gratification. This generation now assumes that everything must be done now, and not later. There is also a big push for mass quantities at cheaper prices. Quality control is then undercut, and the value of the product depreciates.
The new millennium also sees more successful people at younger ages. There is a bigger transition from getting married and settling down straight out of high school to focusing more on the individual’s success and having a career first. But if we use that as a model, you see that a lot of people are doing more work, and are stressed out more. The slow movement promotes fewer work hours, which leads to more productive work. When countries in the Netherlands introduced less schoolwork, the results showed a higher national average on standardized tests. Allowing the mind to rest will allow more information to be absorbed, and for it to be reinvigorated.
IMT has taught us that by adding value to the individual, you will be valuable to others and be successful; however, living in the fast lane does not necessarily mean we are seeing the bigger picture. Are we truly adding a lot of value to ourselves if we shortcut everything? Why not take it slow and enjoy the ride? You’d be surprised what you’re missing when you don’t take your time.