Well, hello. How are you? Stressed? Worried? Concerned about the state of the economy and how it will effect you?
Thought so. Even I am a bit worried. Although, without seeming to sound smug, I saw this coming a long time ago and did expect a crash (not that I actually prepared for it. So who is the bigger fool?). We had created a society based solely on debt. We had all been suckered into it, or had no choice (you have to live somewhere, which means you probably had to accept that huge mortgage, as it was the only way you could afford that massively overpriced house!)
But I am not here to analyse, find blame or say “I told you so” (even though I didn’t), as the rest of the media of the world seem to be doing a very good job of doing that.
What I am wondering is; is the end of the world as we know it? Only time will tell. But I guess only one thing is certain, that is everything is going to change. We cannot, as a society, continue the way we were going, which means we, as individuals are going to have to change our lifestyles, manage our expectations and “downsize”. We have got used to the abundant, the immediate and the easy. Now we are going to have to go back some steps.
Some people (maybe you) will be thinking this is going to be really hard, and you are stressed and worried about how you are going to manage.
But I actually see it as an unprecedented opportunity to start incorporating the slow philosophy into your life.
A lot of work I do is with helping people who had been forced into the situation where thy have had to suddenly slow down and don’t know how to cope. People who’s lifestyles have suddenly changed; maybe through illness, redundancy, relocation, loss of a spouse etc. And I am guessing that there is a lot more people now who are in that bracket.
(Incidentally, I also work with a lot of people who just want to slow down. They are unhappy with their frantic lives and are sure there must be another way to live. It is not all doom and gloom here at Tortoise HQ)
So, over the next few entries here at the Notes from a Deckchair, I am going to give you a framework to help you start slowing down, and reducing.
It will be hard work, but it will be interesting, life changing and most importantly, it will be fun! I promise…