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“Hallo, Rabbit,” he said, “is that you?” “Let’s pretend it isn’t,” said Rabbit, “and see what happens. “A.A. Milne

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he is unlike the other customers. They sense it too, and look at him with hard eyes, eyes like little metal studs pinned into the white faces of young men. In the hush his entrance creates, the excessive courtesy the weary woman behind the counter shows him amplifies his strangeness. He orders coffee quietly and studies the rim of the cup to steady the sliding in his stomach. He had thought, he had read, that from shore to shore all America was the same. He wonders, Is it just these people I’m outside or is it all America?

― John Updike, Rabbit, Run

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Try to be like the turtle – at ease in your own shell.” (Bill Copeland)

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We are all going, I thought, and it applies to turtles and turtlenecks, Alaska the girl and Alaska the place, because nothing can last, not even the earth itself. The Buddha said that suffering was caused by desire, we’d learned, and that the cessation of desire meant the cessation of suffering. When you stopped wishing things wouldn’t fall apart, you’d stop suffering when they did.”

John Green, Looking for Alaska

You cannot escape so easily, Dragon. It is not done between us. It will not be done until the end of time.

― Robert Jordan, The Eye of the World

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“Heroes take journeys, confront dragons, and discover the treasure of their true selves.”

That is to say, I pray for you. And there’s an intimacy in it. That’s the truth.”

― Marilynne Robinson, Gilead

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The Turtles

A turtle family decided to go on a picnic. Turtles, being naturally slow about things, took seven years to prepare for their outing. Finally the turtle family left home looking for a suitable place. During the second year of their journey they found a place ideal for them at last! For about six months they cleaned the area, unpacked the picnic basket, and completed the arrangements. Then they discovered they had forgotten the salt. A picnic without salt would be a disaster, they all agreed. After a lengthy discussion, the youngest turtle was chosen to retrieve the salt from home. Although he was the fastest of the slow moving turtles, the little turtle whined, cried, and wobbled in his shell. He agreed to go on one condition: that no one would eat until he returned. The family consented and the little turtle left. Three years passed and the little turtle had not returned. Five years… six years…then on the seventh year of his absence, the oldest turtle could no longer contain his hunger. He announced that he was going to eat and begun to unwrap a sandwich. At that point the little turtle suddenly popped out from behind a tree shouting, “See! I knew you wouldn’t wait. Now I am not going to go get the salt.”

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Have you ever heard of a flower that never needs Water, soil, or sunshine?

Source: Flower Poems – Poems about Flowers

Aldora Sparrow

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“Stepping out of the busyness, stopping our endless pursuit of getting somewhere else, is perhaps the most beautiful offering we can make to our spirit.”

― Tara Brach, True Refuge: Finding Peace and Freedom in Your Own Awakened Heart

Do not let Sunday be taken from you. If your soul has no Sunday, it becomes an orphan.

– Albert Schweitzer

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“The same sun that rises over castles and welcomes the day
Spills over buildings into the streets where orphans play
And only You can see the good in broken things
You took my heart of stone, and You made it home
And set this prisoner free”

― Bethany Dillon

Thinking to get at once all the gold the goose could give, he killed it and opened it only to find – nothing.”

― Aesop

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In the fall, when you see geese heading south for the winter fly along in v formation, one might consider what science has discovered as to why geese fly this way.
Each bird flaps its wings creating uplift for the bird immediately following. A flock has a greater flying range in formation than a single bird would have on its own.
People, who share a common direction and sense of community, can reach a goal more quickly and easily because they are travelling on the thrust of one another. It is harder to do something alone than together.
It is beneficial to take turns doing demanding work. By sharing leadership and depending upon others in a group, there is a chance to lead and an opportunity to rest.

 

-Anon.

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Growth happens slowly, slow down today enjoy life without being in hurry” ―

Martin Suarez

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“If I had planned this farm from the outset, it might have looked different, perhaps more deliberate. As it happened, the circuitous route of development gave this project a more ‘organic’ style of growth. Through successes and failures the farm took shape and now reflects my interests and skills, the nature of this soil and the climate here.”
― Kurt Timmermeister, Growing a Farmer: How I Learned to Live Off the Land

 

Reality has teeth and claws. It’s rarely pretty and never fair. Haven’t you figured that out yet?”

― Kaitlin Bevis, Persephone

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“Slowly, desolately, the fist of what we’d done unclenched the clawed palm of what we’d become.”
― Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram

Spending more time with friends and family costs nothing. Nor does walking, cooking, meditating, making love, reading or eating dinner at the table instead of in front of the television. Simply resisting the urge to hurry is free.”

― Carl Honoré, In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed

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It is the work of one’s hands that decides what one eats for dinner – for some it is pounded yam, for others it is pounded plantain or nothing.

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“Slowly, desolately, the fist of what we’d done unclenched the clawed palm of what we’d become.”

― Gregory David Roberts, Shantaram

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“I felt sad because I knew I couldn’t hold the ocean’s beauty for long enough, nor the sun and the salty wind; and yet, I was happy because I knew I took part of the ocean with me, and the remembrance of the ages with the salt impregnated onto my skin. This is how I felt as the sun was setting, dipping into the ocean, slowly moaning in silence, as the salt and wind eclipsed it, and silence broke free with the night’s veil of shadows.”
― Paul Andreas Wunderlich, Despondency: The Story of a Defeated Man

Never forget: we walk on hell, gazing at flowers. ― Kobayashi Issa

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“Have you ever watched the jet cars race on the boulevard?…I sometimes think drivers don’t know what grass is, or flowers, because they never see them slowly…If you showed a driver a green blur, Oh yes! He’d say, that’s grass! A pink blur! That’s a rose garden! White blurs are houses. Brown blurs are cows.”

― Ray Bradbury, Fahrenheit 451

Rivers know this: there is no hurry. We shall get there some day.

― A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh

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“Be wild; that is how to clear the river. The river does not flow in polluted, we manage that. The river does not dry up, we block it. If we want to allow it its freedom, we have to allow our ideational lives to be let loose, to stream, letting anything come, initially censoring nothing. That is creative life. It is made up of divine paradox. To create one must be willing to be stone stupid, to sit upon a throne on top of a jackass and spill rubies from one’s mouth. Then the river will flow, then we can stand in the stream of it raining down.”

― Clarissa Pinkola Estés, Women Who Run With The Wolves: Contacting The Power Of The Wild Woman

Rest and laughter are the most spiritual and subversive acts of all. Laugh, rest, slow down.

― Anne Lamott, Plan B: Further Thoughts on Faith

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“No changing of place at a hundred miles an hour will make us one whit stronger, or happier, or wiser. There was always more in the world than man could see, walked they ever so slowly; they will see it no better for going fast. The really precious things are thought and sight, not pace. It does a bullet no good to go fast; and a man, if he be truly a man, no harm to go slow; for his glory is not at all in going, but in being.”
― John Ruskin

To build may have to be the slow and laborious task of years. To destroy can be the thoughtless act of a single day.

― Winston S. Churchill

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“So, friends, every day do something that won’t compute…Give your approval to all you cannot understand…Ask the questions that have no answers. Put your faith in two inches of humus that will build under the trees every thousand years…Laugh. Be joyful though you have considered all the facts….Practice resurrection.”

― Wendell Berry, The Country of Marriage

Happiness is having a large, loving, caring, close-knit family in another city. ― George Burns

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“The best thing about knitting is its slowness," says Murphy. "It is so slow that we see the beauty inherent in every tiny act that makes up a sweater. So slow that we know the project is not going to get finished today–it may not get finished for many months or longer–and that allows us to make our peace with the unresolved nature of life. We slow down as we knit.”

― Carl Honoré, In Praise of Slowness: Challenging the Cult of Speed

No single event can awaken within us a stranger whose existence we had never suspected. To live is to be slowly born.

Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Flight to Arras

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“Perhaps it is better to wake up after all, even to suffer, rather than to remain a dupe to illusions all one’s life.”

Kate Chopin, The Awakening, and Selected Stories

Smile, breathe and go slowly.

Thich Nhat Hanh

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Not only is another world possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day I can hear her breathing. 

Arundhati Roy.

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