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On Jan 12, 2014 Silvia wrote:|
I couldn't agree more. There is a saying in German that goes "Gut Ding will Weile haben.". A postmodern translation of this would be "Good things require time" - understanding "time" as an indicator of duration. But I prefer to think the real meaning is "Good things require their time" as in dedication, presence, attention and focus. The verb "weilen" implies staying or pausing at a place, as opposed to be rushing through. Each task takes up its own while, and the magic is that the more thoroughly you handle it, the more worthwhile is the result. We aren't more efficient by trying to do everything at the same time, but really committing to nothing - it just makes us more frustrated and stressed out. We learn, achieve and enjoy more when we wholeheartedly embrace whatever activity we're up to. Society presses us to think in terms of productivity over time and make projections into the future. Yet, reality only happens in the present moment. If we keep our present empty, we miss out on creating memories and walking towards a fulfilled future. The present moment was your future at one time and will be your past very soon. Love it and respect it.
On Jan 15, 2014 Quintin wrote:
Thank you :)