1 : a) the rate of movement; b) the rate of progress; c) an example to be emulated; d) the rate or performance or delivery
2 : a manner of walking : tread
4: a) an exhibition or test or skills or capacities; b) gait
Pace (n.): late 13th century, “a step in walking; rate of motion,” from Old French pas “a step, trace,” and directly from Latin passus, passum “a step, stride,” noun use of past participle of pandere “to stretch (the leg), spread out.” Also, a “measure of five feet” [Johnson]. Pace-setter in fashion is from 1895.
“Enlightenment must come little by little - otherwise it would overwhelm.”
Idries Shah (1924-1996, also known as Iris Shah, né Sayed Idries el-Hashimi and by the pen name Arkon Daraul, author and teacher of Sufi tradition who devoted his life to collecting, selecting, translating key works of Eastern Sufi classical literature and adapting to the needs of the West.)
“It takes a man of genius to travel in his own country, in his native village; to make any progress between his door and his gate.”
Henry David Thoreau (1817-1862, American author, poet, philosopher, abolitionist, naturalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, and historian)
“You can't do traditional work at a modern pace. Traditional work has traditional rhythms. You need calm. You can be busy, but you must remain calm.”
Bill Buford (b. 1954, American author and journalist, and fiction editor at Granta and for the New Yorker Magazine, and now a New Yorker staff writer)
“In truth I suspect that merely slowing down is not a very satisfying answer. What I need has less to do with my pace of life than my peace of life. At any speed, I crave a deep and lasting inner peace. And if it's solace I'm after, I don't need to pace myself like a turtle, change jobs or set up house on a quiet island. It is usually frenetic living, not high energy, that robs my peace of mind.”
Steve Goodier (ordained United Methodist minister and author of numerous books about personal development, motivation, inspiration; also founder and publisher of Your Life Support System, a widely-read newsletter since 1999.)
“In life, you have to take the pace that love goes. You don’t force it. You just don’t force love, you don’t force falling in love, you don’t force being in love – you just become. I don’t know how to say that in English, but you just feel it.”
Juan Pablo Galavis (b. 1981, American-born Venezuelan former professional soccer midfielder/forward who retired in 2008; and first Latino star of ABC-TV reality show The Bachelor in 2013)
“Some people are born with a vital responsive energy. It not only enables them to keep abreast of the times; it qualifies them to furnish in their own personality a good bit of the motive power to the mad pace.”
Kate Chopin (1850-1904, born Katherine O’Flaherty, American feminist author of short stories and novels, best known for focusing on the lives of sensitive, intelligent women)
“As a spiritual person, nature for me has always been a healing place. Going back all the way childhood on the farm, the fields and forests were places of adventure and self-discovery. Animals were companions and friends, and the world moved at a slower, more rational pace than the bustling cities where I’d resided my adult life.
David Mixner (b. 1946, author, political strategist, civil rights activist and public affairs advisor; once named by Newsweek as the most powerful gay man in America.)
“Enlightenment must come little by little – otherwise it would overwhelm.”
— Idries Shah
Yes! We must pace ourselves when it comes to our conscious awakening. There are layers and layers and realms and realms to discover about our inner and higher selves as well as the interior workings and exterior structures of our worlds.
The wisest paths to forge are those plowed through by our Divine Guardianship, for each of us constitutes a variety of pace settings linked to unique vibrations.
Lake Virginia is not only stunningly beautiful, but She is a vibrant master teacher of infinite patterns of flow. She’s never ever the same in form. Her pace depends, like Kate Chopin suggested, on Her “vital responsive energy” from the elemental energies of the sun, wind, weather patterns, the physical stimuli of boats that race upon Her surface, or the mysterious currents from above and below.
There’s so much for us to learn and so many attributes to adopt from Lake Virginia’s living example. For instance, Her generosity is unconditional and enormous, not only to us humans, but to the animal, plant, and water worlds.
Can we serve by resembling a mirror, and reflect light back to others? Can we allow our waves to take us on unknown journeys and destinations? Can we remain mysterious in our variety of form to create anew?
Pace yourselves, my friends. Love yourselves and each other, and fall in love with the magic of Life.
Faithfully Yours, Tonya