My children grew up with Mister Rogers Neighborhood on television. One of the songs he sang was "I like to take my time, I like to do a thing, and do it right." Good advice, but we find it hard to take our time in today's world. We are rushed by deadlines, too many chores to do, and in general, most of us are over-booked.My daughter, Thera, is an adult now, and has been doing linguistic research with endangered languages in Africa. She recently sent me this email about a word in the Totela language: "the verb okuliketa means 'to do something slowly or at a leisurely pace,' and it also means 'to be well, to be comfortable, to be getting along, to be in a good situation' Those are my translations. Fun, huh?"
We can learn a lot from the people who speak Totela. It is a language rarely spoken today. The concept of okuliketa is also rare. Is it true? Is taking our time really synonymous with being well? I believe it is true, and now I am adding to my New Year's Resolutions.
Thank you for taking your time to read this article. And I wish all of you okuliketa. Take your time - be well.