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Interesting piece and reflection : 
  A MUST READ

Globalize processes have caused in us (all over the world) a general sense of
 searching for immediate results. Therefore, we have come to posses a need to see immediate results. This contrasts greatly with the slow movements of the Swedish. They, on the other hand, debate, debate, debate, hold x quantity of meetings and work with a slowdown scheme. At the end, this always yields better results. Any project there take 2 years to be finalized, even if the idea is simple and brilliant. It is a rule.

 Said in another words:
 1. Sweden is about the size of San Pablo, a state in Brazil.
 2. Sweden has 2 million+ inhabitants.
 3. Stockholm, has  about 500,000 people.
 4. Volvo, Escania, Ericsson, Electrolux, are some of its renowned companies. Volvo supplies the NASA.

Employees automatically park their cars far away from the entrance should they arrive early. Thinking behind it is that since they are there early they have time to walk, and whoever gets in late will be late and need a place closer to the door. It is very logical indeed,don’t you think?

 Nowadays, there’s a movement in Europe name  Slow Food. This movement establishes that people should eat and drink slowly, with enough time to taste their food, spend time with the family, friends,without rushing. Slow Food is against its counterpart: the spirit of Fast Food and what it stands for as a lifestyle. Slow Food is the basis for a bigger movement called Slow Europe, as mentioned by Business Week.

Basically, the movement questions the sense of “hurry” and “craziness” generated by globalization,fueled by the desire of “having in quantity” (lifestatus) versus “having with quality”, “life quality”or the “quality of being”. French people, even though they work 35 hours per week, are more productive than Americans or British. Germans have established 28.8 hour workweek and have seen their productivity been driven up by 20%. This slow attitude has brought forth the US’s attention, pupils of the fast and the “do it now!”.

This no-rush attitude doesn’t represent doing less or having a lower productivity. It means working and doing things with greater quality, productivity, perfection, with attention to detail and less stress. It means reestablishing family values, friends, free and leisure time. Taking the “now”, present and concrete, versus the “global”, undefined and anonymous. It means taking humans’ essential values, the simplicity of living. It stands for a less coercive work environment, more happy, lighter and more productive where humans enjoy doing what they know best how to do. It’s time to stop and think on how companies need to develop serious quality with no-rush that will increase productivity and the quality of products and services, without losing the essence of spirit.

 In the movie, Scent of a Woman, there’s a scene where Al Pacino asks a girl to dance and she replies, “I can’t, my boyfriend will be here any minute now”. To which Al responds, “A life is lived in an instant”. Then they dance to a tango.

Many of us live our lives running behind time, but we only reach it when we die of a heart attack or in a car accident rushing to be on time. Others are so anxious of living the future that they forget to live the present, which is the only time that truly exists. We all have equal time throughout the world. No one has more or less. The difference lies in how each one of us does with our time. We need to live each moment. As John Lennon said, “Life is what happens to you while you’re busy making other plans”.

Congratulations for reading till the end of this message. There are many who will have stopped in the middle so as not to waste time in this globalize world.

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