Week 1: Slow down to observe and enjoy
Patience involves learning to order our lives, habits and expectations well, in a universe where time is a dimension, as well as space. This month, try to slow down. Begin to view people and places differently. Here’s some things to try:
When you sit down to eat, eat slowly. Don’t rush, or try to get through the meal in order to get on with the next thing. Think about the food, engage in conversation, and enjoy the moment. Ask questions of your meal partner(s), and follow up with further questions. When you have finished eating your food, keep on talking.
When you need to get somewhere local, try not to use the car. Make time to walk instead of driving. Walking will change the way you see your neighbourhood. It will create time and conversation.