A protest in Italy a few years ago over a new McDonald’s near Rome’s Spanish Steps gave us the Slow Food movement, which mostly opposes fast food. There are over 800 chapters, teaching the evils of fast food, sponsoring local events with local foods where local recipes are celebrated.
Others rushed to slow down too, so now we have:
- Slow Money, encouraging people to invest in local food sources.
- Slow Parenting, encouraging parents to plan less for their kids.
- Slow Travel, encouraging people to travel to less popular places and engage the culture more.
- Slow Art, encouraging people to enjoy and create art in more meditative ways.
- Slow Media, encouraging local, sustainable and focused media production.
I appreciate many of these goals, but for different reasons. Some of them are being co-opted for political purposes and sound like rants by Greenpeace. That’s too bad, because we could all afford to slow down.
Katie and I are learning to slow down, and it has improved our ability to see things, understand things and appreciate things. Even taste things. (We would never have learned how to enjoy a cup of tea if we hadn’t slowed down enough to make it.)
Believers have, after all, entered into a Sabbath rest: not just a day of the week but a habit of life. Such rest doesn’t preclude work, but it’s hard on worry. It doesn’t avoid responsibility, but it restores and refreshes.
Even God took time to rest.