Taking life a little more slowly does us so much good and yet often feels counter intuitive given the urgency of our ever increasing to do lists. In our neck of the woods there is even a whole “Slow Up” day dedicated to the phenomenon on which main roads are closed and locals are encouraged to go for ambling bike rides beside the river Rhine. As I walked by the Birs one weekend I saw a snail slowly progressing along the river bank (brave soul!) and penned the following lines.
Snail’s pace wins the race
Go slowly and you’ll prosper
When you charge round at breakneck pace
Some grey hairs it will cost ya!
Go one gear down and coast along
And let them feel they’re winning
Take in the view and slide anon
Inside it’s you who’s grinning!
They’ll marvel at your silver trace
They thought that they had lost ya
But snail’s pace, it wins the race
And now it’s you who prospers!