Great tip for stepping out of the – or your – rat race, and slowing down. Sometimes when I’m anxious, I suddenly discover my attention has wandered to the birds in the garden, or the ambling hedgehog on his evening walkabout, and by the time I remember the thing that loomed so large, it doesn’t look half as imposing.¬† If it’s so easily cut down to size, perhaps it wasn’t that much of a problem…

‘I watch the ducks as I walk. Watching animals always slows you down.’


Source: Barry Lopez, Arctic Dreams (London: Picador, 1987), p. 273 Рthe book that inspired this website; see the bestellar review complete with a rich mosaic of wise quotations and metaphors.

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