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Slow Steps #MondayMusings

Slow steps are what I’ve been taking these past few weeks.

You may have noticed that I’ve been absent here. Not because I don’t love this blog. How could I not?

I’ve been busy, spreading my wings a bit and trying out something new in the ‘real’ world. This requires me to change my schedule and spend less time online with my blogs.

Moving out of home a few times of week (remember how much of a homebody I am?) and meeting and spending time offline has been good for my creativity although that’s not showing here yet. I’ve been a little stuck with my writing. But I’m not pushing it. There is no pressure. I have nothing to prove to anyone including myself. 

It’s after ages that I’m sharing lunch with a group of colleagues and the best part of it is that most of them talk only Telugu. While I understand, I can’t speak. I’m enjoying listening to them, watching the interactions, talking to them in Hindi or English and getting to eat  and talk about lovely Telangana food!  I had forgotten how much I do love listening to and observing people. Learning to balance my introversion with my interest in people and their stories is something I’m working on.

It’s been wonderful to have another experience of a community – a tribe in action with the Write Tribe Festival of Words #5 – and I’m very thankful for this online community. We have a long way to learn and grow, but I’m certain we’ll get there. The best part is that none of us feels threatened by the others – leaving enough of space for us all to grow individually and as a group.

Despite the sometime hectic mornings, I think I’m getting better organized. Miles to go…but slow steps will get me there….

Are you living in the ‘fast’ lane or happy to take slow steps?

Be content to progress in slow steps until you have legs to run and wings with which to fly. – Padre Pio

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9 Comments

  1. Lux G. Lux G. July 25, 2016

    I love Padre Pio. He’s one of my favorites.
    Taking it slow this week. Hope you are too. That is until, we grow wings. 🙂

  2. Damyanti Damyanti July 20, 2016

    Whenever real world calls my blog is the first thing to suffer. All the best for your blog and your baby steps!

  3. T.O. Weller T.O. Weller July 19, 2016

    Corinne, congratulations on finding your slow steps. I too am seeking the same.
    In different circumstances, I’ve been experiencing what you have been experiencing — getting out and being in the “real” world, listening to “real” people, looking into “real” eyes and hugging “real” bodies.
    There’s something to this getting “real”!
    I’m now re-evaluating things: Writing in different places that require less support time and allow for more writing time; asking how and where I will pursue a living–and how that can support my desire to help others and connect to “real” people; exploring ways to incorporate the nurturing of my mind, body and spirit each and every day.
    Cheers to leaving the fast lane!

  4. payal agarwal payal agarwal July 19, 2016

    Life offline had been good for me too as I picked up some new hobbies.
    I enjoyed FOW as always. 🙂

  5. Obsessivemom Obsessivemom July 19, 2016

    Happy for you Corinne. I like what you said about being an introvert yet interested in people – that’s a lot like me. Finding a balance becomes tough, isn’t it? I missed being part of the Festival of Words this time. I hope to join in next time, I remember what fun it used to be. The Write Tribe days were some of the best days of my writing.

  6. Nabanita Dhar Nabanita Dhar July 19, 2016

    Good to know you are having fun in the new journey you have embarked upon, Corinne…

    As for me, I’m moving so fast these days, I don’t even realise when one day ends and the other begins.

    I have so many plans for the blog but I’m in no rush..I’m working on it slowly and with help from wonderful people like you..

    I guess, I’m also enjoying being so busy…I feel happy at work, at home and while writing.. I guess that’s important at the end of the day..

  7. Anamika Agnihotri Anamika Agnihotri July 19, 2016

    Being in the fast lane tires me lots. I cannot sustain more than a day like that. Slow is the word for me. Slow helps me in remaining mindful. I am a homebody too and this is the main reason I do not miss going to work. It has been 3 years now. I am enjoying this phase of life staying at home, writing, blogging, connecting with people virtually. You are so right about the Write Tribe group. It does really allow space to each one of us to grow in our own way without feeling threatened. I would like to let you know Corinne the way you have lived your life and taken up things breaking the set norms is inspirational for all of us right here.

  8. Darla M Sands Darla M Sands July 19, 2016

    Good for you! Your language skills are impressive, too. I can ask where the bathroom is or order french fries in a few languages outside my native English. ~grin~ And I’m reminded of a David Bowie quote about how he could ask for a cigarette in just about any language.

  9. Parul Thakur Parul Thakur July 18, 2016

    I am so happy that you are taking these steps. Every day out i the real world is a learning. I can vouch for that. I have cried in front of bosses, worked hard but like an idiot and got stereotyped, earned some name and lost as well owning to the ball of mush I become sometimes. But I love it out there. Proving myself every day and becoming stronger.
    I wish the best for you, Corinne. It is never late to learn and experience new things. Keep rocking.
    I loved FOW this time. There was no plan but still worked 🙂 Thanks to you!!

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