Go slowly

Go slowly

Go slowly.

Each season or year, a word bubbles up so strongly from my spirit, I can’t escape it, I can’t ignore it. It pulls me in and holds me so tight, I must embrace and bear witness to the word. The word stalks me relentlessly. I hear it in my dreams and I see signs of it everywhere go. So when the word for this season revealed itself to me, I was taken aback, terrified, almost. Because it entailed a shift in the way I live and do things. Go slowly.

I know the word of the season is meant to motivate and guide me and bring out some things in me. But can I just be real here for a minute? I am so struggling with going slowly. Slow is hard for me. I’m not even sure if my brain is wired to go slow. My friends and family know me as the one with the over-active brain. “Rest your brain, love”, says my special person. “Slow down” says my mom. “Stop working on weekends” says my sis. Grinding, pushing and going hard is the way I’ve always lived. So you know what I did with my word? Not a whole lot. For the most part, I kept doing me. I spent more time on self-care, but  still kept the pace. And then it happened, I blacked out and found myself at the bottom of some stairs last week. 

Message finally registered.

We live in a society that values hustle against going slow. There is a general feeling that the unmotivated and unambitious go slow. And whilst I’ve always hated the word hustle because of the images it conjured up in my mind, I’m no fan on going slow, either.

I’m now practicing leaning into this season and I’m watching how going slowly will unfold in all areas of my life. It is a process, as with all meaningful change. I’ve had to cancel things and take a leave of absence, the first in my 10 years of self-employment. But I know the dangers of not leaning in and embracing my words and seasons. So this is where I go slowly.

Question: have you ever wondered about the origins of the word hustle? I do, thanks to this article.

The origins of the word “Hustle” are traced back to the 15th century revolutionist Jan Hus and his role in sparking the crusades against the Catholic church — called the Hussite Wars.“Huseln” was the verb given to Jan’s movement’s desperate & deceitful recruitment methods. It’s predecessor form, “hustling,” evolved as a verb meaning to con, force, push, coerce and manipulate in order to survive.

Interesting, eh? Check out the full article on Huffington Post.

Carlana Charles is the visionary and editor-in-chief of FemmePowered. She is a womanist, writer, speaker, story midwife and facilitator of meaningful and engaging conversations. When she is not working in or on FemmePowered, she can be found resting, baking, reading or scribbling furiously in her journal whilst sipping wine or coffee, sometimes both at the same time. She is currently working on her first book and hopes to release it in September 2017.

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11 Comments

  1. March 20, 2017 / 9:59 am

    I hope your feeling better. I remember hearing a message like this recently. Fact is, everyone is hustling trying to get this idea of success, overworking themselves and forgetting to stop and acknowledge the accomplishments they have already. Also, stress leads to so many health issues, I’ll go slow as well.

  2. March 20, 2017 / 10:14 am

    I needed this word! I’m always trying to do a million different things.. I need to slow down and focus on one thing. My hubby and friends say I have ADD

  3. March 20, 2017 / 10:55 am

    I feel like I’m the opposite. So much so that I have to really sit and think about my life and what I want. Social media especially has been pushing this idea of having to always be moving and making things happen. I’ve been accepting this mentality that I need to be “doing” in order to be happy and successful. I don’t think that sales pitch is right for me though. I’m on the slow laid back side and I just can’t seem to find that hustle spirit in me. I let things unfold themselves. I move when the spirit moves me. Sometimes I’m lackadaisical, hard headed and fearful but I know now that I’m not in a race and I’m walking my own path.

  4. March 20, 2017 / 11:58 am

    I hope you are feeling better mentally and physically. I don’t even envy those that are constantly on the move. Anytime you call or ask what they are up to, they are either too busy to chat or so busy they are double and triple booked on doing just too much. Take care of yourself sis and please slow down.

  5. Kita
    March 20, 2017 / 12:49 pm

    I’m always in hustle mode but I am learning to accept help when I need it and slow down for sure.

  6. March 20, 2017 / 1:15 pm

    Well said! I don’t believe that moving slow equates to laziness or lack of motivation. Sometimes that’s just what the task requires. A lot of successful people talk about patience and consistency few if any mention speed. Thanks for sharing!

  7. March 20, 2017 / 6:43 pm

    I hope you are okay and recovering well. It was hard for me to embrace the silence and stillness of life. I was so used to constantly being on the go so I get it.

  8. March 21, 2017 / 9:07 am

    I hope that you are feeling better! I think that it so important to take steps back and to take care of yourself, when you find yourself not taking a break and to slow down is key to good mental health and well being!

  9. March 21, 2017 / 9:31 am

    I hope you are feeling better and I totally understand trying to embrace stillness, its a hard process because we are wired to be on the go. The exhaustion feeling is no joke so I am learning to slow down and enjoy life slowly and not always being on the go

  10. Elle
    March 22, 2017 / 6:32 am

    I’m extremely shocked that hustle dates back that far. I’m a historian and I never heard of hustle wars, now I’m extremely intrigued and can’t wait to research it.

  11. RaNesha
    March 24, 2017 / 6:40 am

    Wow you learn something new every day I didn’t know the term hustle stemmed back that far. Take some time and enjoy the view 🙂

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