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A few years ago, when Naomi Shihab Nye was teaching in Japan, one of her students introduced her to the concept of yutori. Though the word is usually associated with an education policy calling for reduced hours and content in Japan’s primary school curriculum, I liked how Naomi and her student discussed it in a more expansive sense:

“It’s a kind of living with spaciousness. For example, it’s leaving early enough to get somewhere so that you know you’re going to arrive early, so when you get there, you have time to look around.”

I think about yutori when I’m sitting in traffic and hear something beautiful on the radio or when my eyes wander to the paint-chipped edges of a waiting room: What happens when we allow ourselves the time to savor the small things? [Listen Now or Read more].

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