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Slow Down, You’re Going Too Fast

Slow Down, You’re Going Too Fast.

Paul Simon is supposed to have written the song 59th Street Bridge Song which includes the line “slow down you move to fast” while sitting in a traffic jam on the 59th St. Bridge in New York City. It is not so much that we have to or, for that matter, can make the morning last longer. It is more likely when we pause and take time to enjoy the world as we move through it and it moves through us we feel that morning lasts longer.

Chronos time is a human-made construct. Here, we master and manage time. Kairos time is a fluid, natural flow of time without measure. One is calculating and the other meditating. When we live in the world in a hermeneutic way, we take time and read the contours of the world as it appears, as we encounter and experience it fully with all our senses. There is no rush in those moments.


About ivonprefontaine

I completed a PhD at Gonzaga University in Spokane, WA. Previously, I taught for 20 years and taught for 15 years in a wonderful hybrid school. My dissertation topic and research were how certain teachers experience becoming who teachers. In teaching and leanring, I am a boundary-crosser who understands moving ahead is a leap of faith. Teaching is a calling and vocation to express who I am as a person. Currently, I am waiting and listening to what calls me next. I am an educator, phenomenologist, scholar, boundary-crosser, published poet, author, parent, grandparent, and spouse.

15 responses »

  1. When our minds race, awareness is lost, thoughts abound and clarity dissolves.
    We miss life, it’s contours replaced by mind chatter.

  2. Thank you for the “like” on my blog today. I like it here too. As a retired teacher/professor I’m glad there are folks like you out there. And à propos of going slow, how I wish more people would!

  3. I like this. BTW, following this in the WordPress Reader has been a hit & miss kind of deal. I’m now following via email too.

  4. We do need reminding sometimes that as well as ‘taking care of business’, we sometimes need to take care of our own self. We need to allow ourselves the opportunity to see and feel the beauty of our wonderful Earth and to let it wash over us a little. Well said, as always Ivon..

  5. i know. i have always been upset when the electricity goes off , 2 to 3 times a year, when it snows or during a hurricane & when i realized you can write a poem, the electricity has never gone off since.

  6. Learning to live on Kairos time.

  7. I love the message of this one, Ivon. Let’s sit back and enjoy the world as it continues to unfold xx


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