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Here's a thought, a quote, and a resource I wanted to share with you this Thursday.

Last week, while on vacation, I started reading The Good Neighbor: The Life and Work of Fred Rogers.

One thing that stood out to me: how Fred Rogers moved at such a slow pace in his program, contrary to what was expected on television.

“Academics who’ve studied Rogers’s work often marvel at how young children calm down, pay attention, and learn so much from this television production—and at how they remain calm and centered for some time after watching the Neighborhood. Rogers himself put great care into the pacing of the program to help children slow down and steady themselves.”

Later, the book says, “Fred Rogers doesn’t offer an answer to today’s profound dilemmas, nor does he offer an escape from them. But he does offer a philosophy, an approach, that can enable us to better manage through the struggle. He offers the idea of slowing down . . . way down to Fred-time . . . to get to a calmer place from which to work.”

When I read these passages, I had already been thinking about a conversation I had a few days earlier with my spiritual director. During the hour I spent with him, time slowed down. His slow, deliberate pace changed how I faced the rest of my day.

Sometimes, slowing down when everybody else is speeding up is exactly what we need.

“Study hard! For the well is deep, and our brains are shallow.”

(Richard Baxter)

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Thanks for reading!

Darryl Dash
author of 8 Habits for Growth and How to Grow