The Unglamorous and Slow


We value exciting and quick.

But there is great reward for investing in unshiny things that take your prolonged and/or repeated attention. Sort of like those slowly cooked vegetables rather than the easy mac. Not overwhelming to your senses. Time-consuming. Good for you. 

To really acquire a skill set takes practice, learning. To parent a child well takes years and years of investment. If you want to get in shape, you should do it bit by bit, daily. You get the point. Etc, etc.

Here are some ideas to counter our cultural love of the microwavable:

-Pick up a book of prayers written by some old, dead guy. Use it.

-Try your hand at growing something

-Read one of the gospels all the way through in one sitting. Pause here and there to think about what you read.