At first I was taken by this tack to the lifestyle of rush. Then I read more slowly and realized that what is proposed is less about “taking time” and more about “controlling rhythm”. Try to read this not as a list of activities that cannot be speeded up and more as an invitation to linger and savour.
“Of course, everything can’t speed up,” says David Levy, a professor at the Information School of the University of Washington. “You can’t speed up the time needed to be intimate with one another. Thinking is not an activity you can speed up. It needs time to muse and reflect, and some of the things we need to do in order to think, like walk, or read deeply, or even take naps, simply don’t fit into this globalizing idea of more-faster-better.”
As quoted by Erin Anderssen in “Digital overload: How we are seduced by distraction” in the Globe and Mail
And so I come to the conclusion that a variety of rhythms in one’s life is vital to protect against slow degeneration induced by constant rushing. Along with the brisk tempos one benefits from a moderato pace … and even a good nap after running about.
And so for day 343