The phrase ‘Nothing can be loved at speed’ comes from a prayer by Michael Leunig (you can find the prayer and some of his artwork here)
I find the thought utterly arresting. It stops me in my tracks. It is so obvious and yet the phrasing somehow lets the message hit home anew.
Relationships must be fostered over time. And not just with the passage of time, but with the investment of time.
I cannot help but extrapolate this idea into many different areas of my life. Good solid research doesn’t happen quickly. Major breakthroughs and insights do come, but not usually from nowhere. A good piece of writing is very rarely the first draft.
We live in a world where there is such pressure to produce or to achieve or to tick off the list, that it is easy to forget that quality takes time.
Being present to someone is the greatest gift we have to give.
Nothing can be loved at speed.