“Wisely and slow. They stumble that run fast.” Shakespeare “Most men pursue pleasure with such breathless haste that they hurry past it.” Søren Kierkegaard “The action that follows deliberation should be quick, but deliberation should be slow.” Aristotle “Slow down and remember this: Most things make no difference.” Tim Ferriss “Slower, it turns out, often means better—better health, better work, better business, better family life, better exercise, better cuisine and better sex.” Carl Honoré
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There I was, cruising along the slippery neighbourhood sidewalks of the Canadian small town suburbs, trying to avoid face-planting into a patch of black ice. Pulling me along was my freak on a leash, Ginger: an uber happy, hyperdetermined golden retriever puppy with a floppy tongue and an urge to explore. I was dog sledding sans sled. Waterskiing on wet snow. “Who’s walking who?” a passerby quipped. He had a fair point. I wasn’t
“We shall not cease from exploration, and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started and know the place for the first time.” T. S. Eliot “Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.”
I just realized that nowhere on this site is there a proper definition of flânerie, so here it is. As I’m able to live it more and more in my life, I’ll be better able to define it. For now, consider this an evolving work in progress. What is Flânerie? Before we answer this, let’s get two other definitions out of the way first: Flâner (v, French) : to saunter aimlessly Flâneur (n, French)
Our most valuable thoughts are often those that arise by chance at the moments we least expect them. There’s the brilliant business idea when you’re walking down the sidewalk, in no particular hurry to get where you’re going, merely taking in the sights and sounds. The drowsy midnight discovery that wakes you up from your pre-sleep hypnotic trance. The elevator epiphany. Traffic light insight. Bathtub revelation. It’s these random moments that are the raison
“Real travel requires a maximum of unscheduled wandering, for there is no other way of discovering surprises and marvels, which, as I see it, is the only good reason for not staying at home.” Alan Watts “Not all those who wander are lost.” J.R.R. Tolkien “By experience we find out a short way by a long wandering.” Roger Ascham “Instead of insight, maybe all a man gets is strength to wander for a while.”