An interesting article on CNN caught my eye today – ‘Slow Movement’ wants you to ease up, chill out.  The movement is based on the idea that America’s fast-pace lifestyle is taking a toll on our health, families and communities.  You know, reading this story made me miss Australia as they seem to already have the ‘Slow Movement’ injected into their lifestyle.  While in Australia, I always felt the need to chillax.  From the two-hour dinners at restaurants to the lazy weekends at the beach, I don’t think we ever felt hurried. 

The Slow Movement recommends things like “turning off the BlackBerry, cooking unhurried meals with friends” in order to recenter ourselves.  The aim here is to ultimately shift people’s values. 

Now, you might be thinking, “My values are just fine!” right?  Well, wait a second before you wave the train goodbye.  The peeps at the non-profit Slow Movement are also rallying for legislation that demands workers to receive three weeks of paid annual vacation as well as paid leave for new parents.  If you were living and working in Western Europe, you would likely already be receiving these benefits.

For instance, in Germany, the average employee works something equivalent to an 8-hour, 4-day work week.  In addition, they receive 10 sick days and 43 days of vacation/paid holidays.  (To be fair, nobody is boasting about the German economy these days, so….)

So, maybe we move to Germany, hey?  Historic cities, good beer and black forest cake…doesn’t sound too bad.  If that doesn’t end up being the case, though, I guess we’ll just have to try to take it sssslllloooowwww!!!!