Over the years I have rushed and done a lot of things too fast. I have moved fast, walked fast, talked fast, eaten fast, and driven fast.
As I am learning to take more time, a whole new world is opening up to me.
In mountaineering they say that the fastest way to the top is a slow, steady pace. I have good hiking experience as a Norwegian and I am very good at pacing myself, which served me particularly well when I hiked to Uhuru Peak, Kilimanjaro 5,895 meter some years ago.
Hiking Kilimanjaro took “slow” to a whole new level. The guide was telling us that most people who walk too fast the first day will not make it to the top.
Since I know how important it is to move steady and slow on high altitude, it should be easy to apply this to other areas of my life – but it has not.
I wonder how much those of us who are moving too fast have been missing out in life…? Which peaks could we have reached, if we had slow down our pace?
When we are too fast we don’t make the best decisions, we don’t make the best connections, and we don’t enjoy as much.