May 18, 2011
It was bound to happen. As you know, I’m a recovering speedaholic and there are days when I fall off the wagon and do something too quickly. In our 24/7 world, we often feel the crush of the rush. It’s as if a little black cloud nestled above our right shoulder is whispering our doom if we don’t hurry up and finish. Hurry up and react. Hurry up, hurry up, hurry up!
But our inner tortoise says, “Hey, you! Slow down and breathe….”
So I sent out a notice on behalf of a client, then got an astonished response from them that I sent it already. It was supposed to go out tomorrow. They had hastily read their e-mail from me confirming the release date and agreed on Wednesday, although they were thinking Thursday. But Thursday to me, who travelled 1,000 miles in the last four weeks, meant last Thursday. And I thought I was late.
Turns out I was a day too early.
In the PR world, that’s heady stuff if you send out an announcement before it’s time. Like grounds for dismissal forever.
And whilst the black cloud to my right was telling me to hurry, my sweet and wise turtle was plodding unnoticed to my left.
But then the air cleared once the client admitted confusion and we all made up. In record time.
Instantaneousness can lead to heartache. That hasty e-mail sent without thought, the fierce text message dashed off without care, the flaming Facebook rant for all eyes to see.
We live in a transparent, harried world. My dear slow, I love you so. If I ever leave you again, you have my permission to give me a nudge.
Slowly, of course!
October 17, 2009
Retrevo, an online gadget shop, came up with a neat survey whose results are not that surprising. The 35 and under crowd is clearly in love with its PDAs. In fact, 36% of those surveyed said they updated their social media sites such as Facebook and Twitter immediately after sexual intercourse. A most upsetting 40% admitted to doing so while driving (updating, that is!).
Whether they are driving an automobile or their love life, clearly a large number of younger folks have shifted their focus from a hands-on approach to a more digital one. Virtual worlds are starting to trump their real ones.
I can’t help but think of Mae West who once offered up a great slow quote well before the days of digital devices in the boudoir.
“Anything worth doing is worth doing slowly.”
The next headline might very well read: More people engaged in social media than to each other. But who needs an engagement when you’ve got post-coital tweets to keep you warm at night?