Over the last year, I have tried to identify the correct pacing for my life — the hours I spend on business, exercise, self-development, housework, family life… As a person who enjoys home decorating and landscaping, one of the websites I have followed the past year is Slow Homes Studio. On this site, John Brown and Matthew North share their thoughts and ideas for slow homes:
“designed to be more personally satisfying, environmentally responsible, and economically reasonable than a fast house.”
Slow Homes encouraged me to read “In Praise of Slowness” by Carl Honore. Being a music therapist, it was wonderful to see the term “tempo giusto” applied to life. Tempo giusto means “at the correct speed”. This book defines slow as:
“…calm, careful, receptive, still, intuitive, unhurried, patient, reflective, quality-over-quantity. It is about making real and meaningful connections–with people, culture, work, food, everything. The parados is that Slow does not always mean slow.”
Honore sums up the slow philosophy with the word balance. Being at tempo giusto means being in control of our own life’s rhythm in any context. When I live at my tempo giusto, I feel “groovy”!
Over the next few posts, I hope to share more of my thoughts on this book. Given my tempo guisto, I may at times interject other topics while I seek ways to best share my reflections. Have you read the book? If so, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the concept of tempo guisto. If not, I would encourage you to add it to your reading list.
- Carl Honore ” In Praise of Slowness (carlhonore.com)
- Enjoy Life in the Slow Lane (agordonins.wordpress.com)