NPR’s “This I Believe” podcast is one of my favorites. The shows are always short, and almost always quite poignant. This week, Phil Power’s essay (shared in his own voice) titled “The Practice of Slowing Down” is outstanding. This resonates with me. I like the following two quotations particularly:
In times of crisis, pace comes to my aid. Another of Petzoldt’s lessons was when faced with an emergency, sit down, collect yourself, make a plan. When needs seem most urgent — even life-threatening — the practice of slowing down offers calm and clarity.
There is magic in any faith. Every once in a while, rushing about, my belief in pace rises up, slows me down and grants me a view of a sunset, a smile from a stranger or a conversation with a child. I owe these moments to what I learned from an old mountain climber and have practiced ever since.
The pace of the world today, moving as much of it is “at the speed of creativity,” is much faster than our natural, biological pace. We need to slow down. We need to pace ourselves. We need to remember “the rest step” that Paul Petzoldt taught Phil as a young 19 year old. I am reminded of the book “Last Child in the Woods: Saving Our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder” by Richard Louv. I want my own children to grow up in a natural environment like Phil did, where they can explore and have frequent times of free, unstructured play in that world.
At Philmont Scout Ranch as a teenager climbing Baldy Mountain, I remember being taught the rest step by my Scoutmaster, Ray Hightower. Later in life, as a ranger for 2 summers at Philmont, I passed this lesson on to the scouts and adults in the crews I worked with. The rest step is vital in climbing mountains, and in walking through the journey of life.
Thanks to Phil for sharing this story, and thanks to the Scout mentors and others in my life who have encouraged me to strive for tall peaks– while maintaining a “rest step.” It’s a lesson I want to pass on to my own children, and need to be reminded of regularly in the frenetic pace of our “modern” culture.
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