I’ve been thinking a lot about the word slow lately. Slow doesn’t come naturally to me. I drive fast, walk fast, talk fast…you get the idea. But, since becoming a part of Slow food, I’ve been thinking more about a slower life. When I was a kid, my sister and I had a tape cassette called Music Machine. One of our favorite songs was called Patience (Herbert the Snail). Have fun reading these lyrics:
There was a snail called Herbert who was so very slow
He caused a lot of traffic jams wherever he would go
The ants were always getting mad and the beetles,
they would fume
But Herb would always poke along and sing this little tune
Have patience, have patience
Don’t be in such a hurry
When you get impatient, you only start to worry
Remember, remember that God is patient, too
And think of all the times when others have to wait for you
When Herbert was much younger, he often got in trouble
Forgetting that he was a snail, he did things on the double
He’d crash through every spider web and with crickets he’d collide
‘Til one day Herbert’s father took his speeding son aside
As you can well imagine, there’s a moral to this tale
Some of you may find yourselves behind a creeping snail
So if you get impatient and you’re easily disturbed
Think about this little song and take a tip from Herb
Slow food represents an entire life style; it’s not just specific to the food we eat. If we are able to slow our lives down, even if it’s just a little bit at a time, I truly believe we will not only be able to enjoy a higher quality life, but we won’t be as apt to miss the truly amazing things, people, and experiences that are all around us. Below is an excerpt from Slow Food USA on how to Go Slow. Slow Food USA
Go Slow in Your Life
- Buy whole ingredients. Cook them. Eat them.
2. Avoid processed stuff with long ingredient lists. Eat real food.
3. Grow some of your own food. Start in your backyard, community garden or windowsill.
4. If you eat meat, choose grass-fed and if you eat poultry, choose free-range.
5. Whenever possible, know the story behind the food you buy.
Go Slow in Your Community
- Cook and eat with others – not just family and friends. Bring new people and perspectives to the table.
2. Join a community garden, volunteer in a local school garden, and grow food with others.
3. Connect with your local Slow Food chapter for events and community projects.
4. Shake the hand that feeds you. Meet the people who grow your food. Shop at a farmers market, visit a farm or buy shares from a farm that offers a Community Supported Agriculture (CSA) program.
5. Learn about your local or regional food history and cultural dishes.
These are great places to start! Try to implement one or two changes here and there, or come up with some of your own personal “slow goals”.
In the words of Ozzy Osbourne:
Slow down you’re moving way to fast
Slow down you know you’ll never last
Slow down your haste is making waste
Slow down and join the human race
“We are enslaved by speed and have all succumbed to the same insidious virus: Fast Life, which disrupts our habits, pervades the privacy of our homes and forces us to eat Fast Foods… A firm defense of quiet material pleasure is the only way to oppose the universal folly of Fast Life… May suitable doses of guaranteed sensual pleasure and slow, long-lasting enjoyment preserve us from the contagion of the multitude who mistake frenzy for efficiency. Our defense should begin at the table with Slow Food. Let us rediscover the flavors and savors of regional cooking and banish the degrading effects of Fast Food.”(Excerpt from the Official Slow Food Manifesto, as published in “Slow Food: A Case for Taste” in 2001) http://www.slowfoodusa.org/history