Slow Season’s Greetings

Japanese Winter Scene
Negishi, woodblock, public domain image

Dear Member:

Whether you’re painting yourself blue and dancing nude around a mid-winter bonfire, or chopping down trees and hanging sparkly things on them, all of us at the Institute wish you a slow and sophisticated holiday.

Keeping to the Slow Way at this time of year can be a challenge. People are in a hurry. If rushaholism is not treated correctly, it can lead to gettingthingsdoneits. In Heather Braithwaite’s book, Your Slow Self, she advises: take a moment for yourself; be quiet, breathe, and relax.

Just this month the Rompshire Police arrested dozens of people for hurrying with intent to get things done.  But instead of being sent for reeducation with Heather Braithwaite, Mistress of Languid Studies, they are first admitted to the medical wing under the care of Dr. Emile Lenteur.

Dr. Lenteur’s chocolate therapy is having remarkable results. Physicians now believe that the cause of rushaholism is a bacterium, and not mental imbalance as previously thought.

The secret is seventy-five percent dark chocolate or twice-daily doses of Dr. Lenteur’s Chocolate Cure for Rushaholics. The results are astonishing. After a short course of chocolate, patients are able to enjoy a few calm  minutes. And that is the first step on the slow path to not much.

Thank you for being one of us.

Yours in slowness,

Amanda Gladly, Secretary

International Institute of Not Doing Much