Slow is smooth...

Slow is smooth...
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"If you don't have time to do it right...
...when will you have time to do it over?"
-John Wooden

I heard this quote for the first time yesterday and it gave me pause.

How often do we rush through things, only to go back and do them over again?

Technical debt.

It's counterintuitive that the key to going further faster is to slow down.

I'm also reminded of a phrase often credited to the U.S. Navy Seals:

"Slow is smooth,
Smooth is fast."

Knowing when not to act is just as important as knowing when to move forward. Don't run to your death.

The lessons here?

Be patient.
Slow down.

Be intentional.
Take your time.

Be aware.
Pause. Think. Act.


Strive at work while you can.
God knows it’s why you are a man,
But don’t wait till the funds abound
Before you get to slow it down.

Give your calling all you’ve got.
Rewards to gain, they are a lot;
But don’t lose loved ones you have around.
Create the time to slow it down.

Toil for things that you crave,
But how much gets taken to the grave?
As needs are met, the wants compound.
Take the time to slow it down.

Best things in life are from above.
The busy struggles are never enough,
And in this truth, peace can be found.
Find the time to slow it down.

-by Abimbola T. Alabi