To walk slowly

The phrase 慢走 (man zou) in Chinese literally means walk slow.

This is one of the many ways they say goodbye or part ways. Man zou is one way of reminding people to be careful in their journey. This also means to take time and enjoy the things they see along the way.

When I was learning Mandarin in UP, this is one of the phrases I remembered by heart because this shows thoughtfulness and concern once said sincerely.

I’ve been reading Japanese books about Ikigai and Ichigo Ichie, encountering man zou somehow reminds me how eastern philosophies promote mindfulness, and living life one step at a time.

In this fast-paced world, it is important to remind ourselves to walk slowly–to appreciate our journey before we reach our destination.

We all have our own journey, and dream destination. As we strive to live and to achieve our aspirations, may we not forget to walk slowly.

To walk slowly entails appreciating the view that we see, the people we meet, and the experiences we have.

To walk slowly does not mean avoiding the rocks, but carefully stepping not to drop into the hole of sadness, or insecurities.

There could be a tight bend on the road where we walk, but if we only learn to walk mindfully, then that’s the only time when we could pass that bend on the road.

May life give you many reasons to walk continuously.

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