The sea gives us many amazing examples of the need and benefits of sometimes slowing down our steps and getting on with more peace, perseverance and mindfulness.
We believe that our projects can only be realized with great effort, efficiency and speed.
But often slowness and quiet are the key to getting on your way.
Sometimes we even have to go back a few steps, take a closer look at things, recapture individual aspects, rethink and revise them.
When we do everything in a hurry, we miss many important details and clues that might be important to us.
„The slowest who does not lose sight of his goal is still going faster than the one who wanders aimlessly.“
(Gotthold Ephraim Lessing)
-A good foundation
Of course, to get going, we need a goal, which we can focus on.
And in order to achieve that goal, we should create solid planning and a good foundation.
How can we achieve our goal?
What do we need on the way to get there?
How can we build a foundation of strength so that we do not get lost in the first difficulties?
One can look at e.g. looking at mussel beds. The mussels adhere to rocks with special adhesive threads and thus they have the opportunity to filter food out of the water without being washed away with the surf and the strong current.
On their foundation they are slowly gaining in size and forming whole mussel beds.
Also in the formation of coral reefs, we can observe this slow foundation and adhesion.
The coral polyps can absorb calcium and carbonate from the seawater and then form a limestone scaffold, creating reefs that can contain living colonies of more than 1,200 years.
We also need a good foundation in ourselves and an adhesion to our strengths and abilities to withstand adverse circumstances and that we are not washed away by them.
“If you want to take sure steps, you have to do it slowly. „
(Johann Wolfgang von Goethe)
-Support by community
Often, however, we do not manage to get ahead on our own, but we need help or a specific environment, people who accompany and support us for a while on our journey.
Also, to build good and helpful relationships, we need to take time.
The ecosystem in the coral reef is also a good example of a symbiotic community.
The coral polyps live in a symbiosis with unicellular Zooxanthellae. The polyp provides the Zooxanthellae in their interior with protection and the Zooxanthellen supply the polyp through photosynthesis with nutrients.
Many fish find food in the reef and nourish on the reef itself. Fish also ensure that algae growth does not overgrow the coral reefs and in turn they serve predator fish as food.
We also get to our destination faster and better with the help of others, because they can help us to learn certain skills or they protect us from dangers and give us clues we would not have seen on our own.
But to build such relationships, it takes time.
Time to grow trust and the time to bring in our own talents and abilities, so that we also can be of help to others.
-Go other ways
Sometimes we are also thwarted by circumstances we can not change.
Obstacles are in our way so that we have to deal with them. Then we need new solution and strategies and at the same time we should not lose sight of our goal.
You can compare this to navigation while sailing. The course is marked out but due to unfavorable wind conditions you can not reach your destination on the planned course.
So you have to try to reach your destination port through course changes and longer tacks. Although this takes longer, but by accepting the given circumstances and by a new orientation you still get to your destination.
On the changed course, we can make new experiences and gain new insights that we would not have experienced on our planned path.
„If you are not patient in small things, you bring the great projects to failure.“
-Time for recreation
Often it is also good to slow down your steps, just let yourself drift, let things come to you.
If we tackle our plans too tightly and hard, we put too much pressure on ourselves, we lose our energy and have to give up even before we reach our goal.
Sometimes things also fit on their own or with more ease. It is only important to develop trust in yourself and in the world, a belief that it will run out in a positive way for us.
Only when we slow down everything and take the time for ourselves, when we deal with things that make us calm, can we recharge our batteries to continue on our way.
If you look at the jellyfish which are drifting by the wind and the ocean currents, they will find the food they need on their way, without much effort.
With peace and patience you often get much further and also the own energy reserves are spared.
„Everything difficult has its origin in the lightness and everything big in the small.“
Furthermore, we always need a certain amount of time to build up or improve certain skills. Only if we do something slowly, concentrate, we can learn new skills.
Often it is the small details that make a big change and make you move forward. We just have to take a closer look at these things.
It is also important that newly learned processes take time to be processed by us and to consolidate them, so that they can be used at the right moment.
The lobster is e.g. a slow animal, but has developed through the proper use of the scissors and antennas a sophisticated hunting technique, so that the slowness is no shortage.
The lobster can use his scissors and legs optimally as tools. With the larger scissor, the lobster can open his prey, the smaller scissor holds the prey.
Also, the second and third leg pair have small scissors, with which the lobster can work on the prey. In addition, the lobster has a strong tank, which develops slowly and is adapted to growth by moulting again and again. It offers the lobster optimum protection.
What we learn along the way, what we experience, what we undergo and whom we encounter makes our live so rich and exciting.
Whether we reach our goal or not, we keep evolving. It is important that we never lose the joy and ease on our way.
We should just really go out, not stand still, slow down the steps or maybe go back a few steps, deal with obstacles, but we will always discover new things on the way and enrich our live and the lives of others.
“What you get by achieving your goals is not as important as what you become by achieving your goals.“
(Henry David Thoreau)