(Roughly) Daily

Less is… less…

From The International Institute of Not Doing Much, a manifesto:

There are those who urge us to speed. We resist!

We shall not flag or fail. We shall slow down in the office, and on the roads. We  shall slow down with growing confidence when all those around us are in a shrill state of hyperactivity (signifying nothing). We shall defend our state of calm, whatever the cost may be. We shall slow down in the fields and in the streets, we shall slow down in the hills, we shall never surrender!

If you can slow down when all around you are speeding up, then you’re one of us. Be proud that you are one of us and not one of them. For they are fast, and we are slow. If a thing is worth doing, it is worth doing slowly. Some are born to slowness—others have it thrust upon them. And still others know that lying in bed with a morning cup of tea is the supreme state for mankind.

Learn more (including “How to Slow Down“) here.

 

As we feel our blood pressure drop, we might recall that it was on this date in 1958 that Alvin, Simon, and Theodore (aka Ross Bagdasarian, aka David Seville) hit the top of the pop charts with “The Chipmunk Song” (“Christmas Don’t Be Late”)– the last Christmas song to reach #1 on any US single record chart totaling performance of all available records.  (That said, when featured on American Bandstand‘s “Rate-A-Record” segment, it received the lowest possible rating—35– across the board.)

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