For Thursday Thoughts this week, let’s consider something that some of you might have found yourself with a lot of recently – time. Without social arrangements, theatre trips, lunch meetings or dinner dates, you might feel that you have less to fill your time with. You might even be looking to ‘kill time’. Or, conversely, you may be busier than ever with multiple demands coming your way. So, today is about embracing stillness and slowness, and learning to fully embrace the time that we have, as well avoiding falling into the trap of ‘over-filling’ our time.
Daniel Kahneman has outlined that we have two modes of thought – ‘System 1’ which is fast, instinctive and emotional thinking, and ‘System 2’ which is a slower, effortful, more deliberative, conscious, and logical type of thinking. It is the slower process that allows us to regulate our emotions and respond more appropriately to situations.
So how can we apply this ‘slowness’ to our lives and embrace time?
“Slow down and enjoy life. It’s not only the scenery you miss by going too fast – you also miss the sense of where you are going and why.” – Eddie Cantor