February 15, 2010
According to an American Time Use Survey graph, Americans spent 17 minutes a day relaxing and thinking. Today is President’s Day in the United States ~ now’s your chance! Forget the great sales at the local car dealership. Never mind the alluring slashed prices at the mall. Today is your day to sit and merely think.
For many in Germany, today is a day to celebrate and turn off the thinking cap altogether. We are in full-blown Carneval season during which time it is normal to see merchants dressed as clowns or barmaids ~ today is Rosenmontag. The fun ends on Ash Wednesday, but for now, people in Cologne are joining the throngs of bystanders, nipping on flasks while waving to the parade marchers.
For me it is a day off with the kids at home for school break. I slept in, read some more of Twilight, and pondered how marvelous slow holidays feel. The kids aren’t really into Carneval either ~ they’d rather go sledding, read or play with their friends. We might watch some of the Olympics later on today when Vancouver wakes up; I might read some more. If we were in the US, we would certainly tip the statistics in favor of more relaxing and thinking.
Let’s bump those relaxing minutes up to twenty a day, people. Come on. What do you think?
December 24, 2009
Britt Bravo wrote a brilliant post about her need for a slow holiday. I couldn’t agree more. So hop on over to her page because, truly, she says it all.
Happy Holidays everyone! I’ll see you in the New Year!
December 19, 2009
This is a truly remarkable story about a family that gives gifts they already have that they think others would like. And in the process, they have a lot of fun.
November 27, 2009
Yesterday I celebrated Thanksgiving a little differently. Because it is a completely normal Thursday for most folks in Germany, I arranged a Gratitude Breakfast with some of my closest friends. We spent a leisurely two hours over coffee, homemade quiche and candlelight in the middle of the morning. It was simply delightful to enjoy a time of connection and celebration for the friendship we have.
We talked a lot about the power of slow and the principles behind time as friend versus foe.
At the end of it, everyone agreed we must do it again soon. Given that I’m dedicated to slow living, chances are Christmas will be just as slow and lovely. Getting back to the basics helps considerably!