Saturday, January 03, 2009

Make haste slowly

"We are ordered to hurry
and to take our time.
Let the arrow with a snail on it
make this clear.
The snail is slow
and the arrow swift."
Andreas Alciat, “Liber Emblemata”, Emblem 53 “Ripening”

My resolution for 2009 is to learn to make haste slowly. I’m going to be the snail, balancing precariously on top of the arrow sailing above the mountains.

Or, is that a pie balanced on the flying arrow? In which case this emblem could mean to always send chicken pot pie via airmail, just like your mamma advised you. Either way, I’m cool.


walk2write said...

It does look like pie, not a snail. Actually, I think your post title would be most appropriate for the postal service motto. You're right. We all need to slow down and reexamine priorities. Clean out the closet, so to speak. Hope your New Year is as warm and satisfying as Mom's chicken pot pie!

Frances said...

Hi WS, you are always full of something funny. Chicken pot pie is funny in any context. We call my youngest grandson Louie pot pie. I made his Christmas stocking with him going down a hill in a sled that is a pie with him in the crust like a blackbird. The rails are a fancy shaped E=MC 2, for he is so smart, :-)

The best punchline of a joke...if the foo sh*ts, wear it.


tina said...

Very interesting and true analogy. Make haste slowly...I think I need to do this too.

Annie in Austin said...

It looks like an enigmatic oyster to me, Weeping sore.

Happy New Year and good luck at making haste slowly.

Chicken pot pie - been a long time since I made that.

Annie at the Transplantable Rose

greeny said...

So how are you faring with the slow and easy?
I am making headway over here. Not so hard to do when I focus. It helps to have absolutely nothing going on...

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